Monday, May 16, 2011
NY Tax Dodging State Senator Gets 2 years at Club Fed
"[L]ongtime state legislator who admitted evading taxes and trying to influence a grand jury was sentenced Friday to nearly two years in prison. Former state Sen. Vincent Leibell pleaded guilty in December, resigning after 28 years in the state Legislature. Federal guidelines suggest a sentence of 18 to 24 months, and prosecutors had asked for the upper limit. The judge decided on 21 months.
Leibell had suggested that instead of prison, he be assigned to an American "nation-building team" in the Middle East. The Department of Justice called that request absurd, and the judge didn't mention it at sentencing.
Leibell, a Republican, had been elected Putnam County executive a month before his guilty plea. He gave up that post as well as the last month of his Senate term.
He admitted he filed false tax returns for 2003 through 2006. Leibell spent 12 years in the Assembly before his 16 years in the Senate. The felony convictions don't affect his public pension, estimated at about $70,000 a year."