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NE Georgia Couple Sentenced for Tax Offenses

Posted in Sentencing, Tax Fraud

This week, Timothy Thomas, a Northeast Georgia resident, was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia for participating in a tax fraud scheme, the website SF Gate reports. Thomas’ wife, Mary Beth Thomas, was sentenced to 10 months. The couple were also ordered to pay more… Continue Reading

Conyers, GA, Woman Involved in MS Schools Bribery Prosecution; Prosecution Recommends 6 Months’ House Arrest

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Harvey Franklin, former Superintendent of Schools for Greenville, Mississippi, pled guilty last year in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi to accepting more than $272,000 in bribes from Edna Goble, of Conyers, Georgia, and owner of Teach Them to Read Inc., reported in the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. The Greenville School District awarded Teach Them… Continue Reading

Former Savannah Man Who Attempted to Extort Paula Deen Sentenced to 2 Years

Posted in Sentencing, Uncategorized

As reported by the Savannah Morning News, Thomas George Paculis, of Newfield, NY, a former businessman in Savannah, GA, was sentenced to 24 months imprisonment yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia for attempting to extort over $200,000 from nationally-known Savannah, GA, chef and entrepreneur Paula Deen. Paculis pled guilty on August… Continue Reading

6th Circuit Court of Appeals Undoes Amazingly Soft 1 Week Sentence for CEO Convicted in $18 Million Fraud

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Michael Peppel, the former CEO of  MCSi Inc., based in Dayton, Ohio, was convicted on charges of conspiracy, fraud, and money laundering for a scheme which defrauded investors of $18 million. Peppel allegedly cooked MCSi’s books to cause its stock value to remain high. Peppel faced between eight to 10 years’ imprisonment. However, according to… Continue Reading

Ellijay VP of Appalachian Community Bank Sentenced to 5 Years, 10 Months

Posted in Bank Fraud, Sentencing

Adam Teague of Ellijay, Georgia, former Senior Vice President of Appalachian Community Bank, was sentenced to 5 years’ and 10 months’ imprisonment Friday after pleading guilty last August to conspiracy and fraud charges in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Teague was also ordered to pay $5.8 million in restitution, his… Continue Reading

Atlanta Securities Lawyer Gregory Bartko Sentenced to 23 Years for Securities Fraud

Posted in Securities Fraud, Sentencing

Image source: www.gurneylawfirm.com/attorney-profile Gregory Bartko, a securities lawyer and Atlanta resident, was sentenced last Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina to 23 years’ imprisonment for securities fraud, as reported in the Columbus, Indiana, Republic. Bartko was convicted in 2010 at the conclusion of a 13-day trial on six counts… Continue Reading

TRAC Sentencing Data Posted Online

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As I’ve mentioned before, one of the purposes of this blog is to raise the quality of representation by providing access to pleadings, documents and ideas that will hopefully improve the practice across the board. In that regard, today, the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse posted online their new tool that allows users to access data… Continue Reading

The AP Report on Federal Sentencing

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As Professor Doug Berman notes over at his Sentencing Law and Policy blog, the AP reports that five years of federal sentencing data examined by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) (we recently cited this important resource), demonstrates that sentences for the same crimes in the same courthouse imposed by different judges varies sharply. The AP… Continue Reading

Six Sentenced in Georgia for Reverse Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Posted in Mortgage and Foreclosure Fraud, Sentencing

Image source: my.opera.com/edwardpiercy/blog/2011/04/28/reverse-mortgage-no-jill-st-john-yes You’ve probably heard of reverse mortgages, pitched on television ads by celebrities such as Robert Wagner and Fred Thompson. The mortgages are part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Home Equity Conversion Program (HECP) which permits senior citizens aged 62 years or older to purchase a home or remain… Continue Reading

Georgia to Take on Sentencing and Prison Reform

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Image source: http://colorlines.com/archives/2011/02/seven_guards_arrested_for_retaliatory_abuse_of_georgia_prison_inmate.html Two articles in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in the past two days reveal a sudden new priority of Georgia’s leadership to tackle criminal sentencing and prison reform. First, the AJC interviewed Governor Nathan Deal, who acknowledged the growing costs of Georgia’s prison system. “We’re at a point in time where the necessity for… Continue Reading

Georgia Man Pleads Guilty in Nationwide “Pill Mill” Prosecution

Posted in Pleas, Sentencing

James Hazelwood, of Cumming, Georgia, pled guilty last Wednesday in Federal court in Ohio to charges of engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise. As reported in the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, the charges relate to an alleged online "pill mill," which allegedly dispensed prescription drugs, including painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs, nationwide by means of false prescriptions. Hazelwood and… Continue Reading

Two Former Georgia Department of Family and Children Services Employees Sentenced for EBT Fraud

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The Atlanta Crime Examiner reports that Gene Tell and Kristy Nicole Williams were sentenced last Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Tell and Williams, employees of the DeKalb County office of the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS), were charged with defrauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture of nearly… Continue Reading

Conrad Black Re-Sentenced to an Additional 13 Months’ Imprisonment

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  Photo credit: http://dealbreaker.com On Friday, U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve of the Northern District of Illinois re-sentenced Lord Conrad Black, former CEO of newspaper giant Hollinger International, Inc., to serve the remainder of his sentence, as reported in Canada’s Globe and Mail. Black has served 29 months of his original 78 month sentence,… Continue Reading

Conversion Solutions Holdings CEO of Adairsville, GA, Arrested in Provo, UT, After Fleeing Trial

Posted in Fraud, Securities Fraud, Sentencing

After a five-day nation-wide manhunt, Rufus Paul Harris, former CEO of Conversion Solutions Holdings Corporation (CSHC), originally of Adairsville, Georgia, was arrested on Sunday  by the U.S. Marshal’s Service in Provo, Utah. According to the Rome News-Tribune, Harris fled Atlanta on May 23 following the eighth day of his jury trial for conspiracy, fraud and… Continue Reading

The Crack Cocaine Guidelines After the Fair Sentencing

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The draconian disparities in the sentencing of defendants convicted of crack cocaine offenses compared with those convicted of powder cocaine offenses is an oft-decried area of criminal sentencing. Since the 1980s, the United States Sentencing Commission’s  Sentencing Guidelines used a "100-to-1" ratio, meaning that a criminal defendant  who was convicted or pled guilty to an… Continue Reading

Conrad Black on the Problems of the U.S. Justice and Prison System: Prisoners are “An Ostracized, Voiceless Legion of the Walking Dead”

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  Canadian citizen Conrad Black, former head of Hollinger International, Inc., and once the third biggest newspaper magnate in the world, was charged in the Northern District of Illinois with diverting corporate funds for his own use and was convicted in July of 2007for "honest services" mail fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. s 1846,… Continue Reading

Wesley Snipes, Actor, “Foreign Diplomat” and “Fiduciary of God,” Has Tax Convictions and Sentence Affirmed by Eleventh Circuit

Posted in Sentencing, Tax Fraud, Venue

On Friday, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion in the highly-publicized tax evasion case against actor Wesley Snipes, U.S. v. Snipes, No. 08-12402, which may be read here. The odd facts in the case are as follows: around 2000, Snipes became involved with a tax resistance organization, American Rights Litigators (“ARL”), operated… Continue Reading

Former Brocade CEO Greg Reyes Sentenced to 18 Months; Counsel Blames Lawyers for Failure to Catch Stock Option Backdating

Posted in Securities Fraud, Sentencing

From Law.com, the former Chief Executive Officer of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., Gregory Reyes was sentenced to 18 months in prison yesterday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California for securities fraud and backdating stock options. The government had sought a 37 month sentence and a loss amount of $137 million. Reyes’ counsel attempted… Continue Reading

Former Broncos and UGA Football Player Arthur Marshall Sentenced to 69 Months for Mortgage Fraud

Posted in Fraud, Mortgage and Foreclosure Fraud, Sentencing

Arthur Marshall, a former wide receiver for the Denver Broncos, was sentenced to 69 months imprisonment yesterday for bank fraud in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, Augusta Division, as reported by the Augusta Chronicle. Marshall was indicted in June of last year and pled guilty to two counts of bank fraud… Continue Reading

Ponzi and Check Kiting Schemes by Georgia Mortgage Broker Cost Victims $23 Million

Posted in Fraud, Ponzi Schemes, Sentencing

According to a press release by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia, Edward William Farley, of Hoschton, Georgia, was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment today in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia for causing more than $23 million in losses to mortgage lenders in a real estate investment… Continue Reading