Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Greeneville.
No. 2:14-cr-00076-11—J. Ronnie Greer, District Judge.
Argued: October 5, 2017
Decided and Filed: October 10, 2017
Before: SUTTON, DONALD, and THAPAR, Circuit Judges.
SUTTON, Circuit Judge. Johnny Phillips makes his living as a “land man.” Land men
scout rural property for coal mining potential and negotiate leases with the landowners to mine it.
When the government found out that Phillips performed work for New Century Coal, a company
that swindled millions of dollars from investors, it charged him with several crimes. A jury
convicted him of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. We affirm.