David Siegal in the Scranton Times-Tribune: Guidelines suggest long sentences for Cordaro, Munchak


Backed by a mountain of letters and hours of testimony from friends and family, former Lackawanna County Commissioners Robert C. Cordaro and A.J. Munchak will stand in front of Senior U.S. District Judge A. Richard Caputo today in Scranton and learn how long they will spend in prison.

Just what their sentences will be is anyone's guess, though prosecutors are seeking at least 20 years in prison for Mr. Cordaro and 15 years for Mr. Munchak. Mr. Cordaro's attorney is asking for a four-year sentence, and Mr. Munchak's attorneys are asking for a three-year sentence...

The fact that Mr. Cordaro and Mr. Munchak were public officials when the crimes were committed will likely drive the recommended sentencing range upward, said David Siegal, a defense attorney with Haynes and Boone LLP and former prosecutor for the Southern District of New York.

"There is a (sentencing) guideline that addresses that," he said.

The prison sentence also will be affected by the amount of money involved in the crimes, Mr. Siegal added. Both Mr. Cordaro and Mr. Munchak were convicted of accepting less than $100,000 in kickbacks. But prosecutors say they were also implicated in a scheme involving about $1 million in fraud connected to a federal project to build a bus and rail terminal on Lackawanna Avenue in downtown Scranton...

Excerpt from the Scranton Times-Tribune, Jan. 30, 2012. To view the full article, click here.

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