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October 15, 2010

Vrdolyak gets 10 months in prison upon resentencing after Seventh Circuit reversal of his probation term

As detailed in this local article, which is headlined "10 Months in Prison for 'Fast Eddie' Vrdolyak: Previous sentence for guilty plea on mail, wire fraud charges was overturned by appellate court. A high-profile resentencing produced a higher sentence the second time around. Here are the basics:

Judge Matthew Kennelly on Friday sentenced former alderman Ed Vrdolyak to 10 months in prison, followed by five months work release and home confinement.

Prosecutors had asked Kennelly to sentence Vrdolyak to 41 months in prison for his role in a kickback scheme involving a Chicago medical college.

Previously, Vrdolyak received probation for the offense.  But an outraged U.S. Attorney's office appealed, and the appellate court ordered that he be resentenced.

"This is not a one-time faulty judgment," prosecutor Chris Niewoehner told judge Matthew Kennelly. "He is powerful.  He is wealthy.  He is privileged.  He has all these things going for him, and still he commits this crime."

Niewoehner called the 69-year-old Vrdolyak's scheme a "classic insider deal," and he said demanded that a message be sent.  "The rich and the powerful in this city are judged by the same standards as anybody else," said Niewoehner.

Defense lawyer Mike Monico countered that Vrdolyak had already performed hundreds of community service hours, as ordered in his probation sentencing.  "It is clear that this is a better news story if Mr. Vrdolyak is seen as a villain," Monico said.  "He is a decent man. He is as shamed as a person could possibly be."...

Vrdolyak pleaded guilty in 2008 to conspiring with Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science board member Stuart Levine.  The two plotted to split a $1.5 million kickback from selling property owned by the university.  Vrdolyak later pled guilty to federal charges of conspiring to commit wire fraud and mail fraud.

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hmm interesting!

"Defense lawyer Mike Monico countered that Vrdolyak had already performed hundreds of community service hours, as ordered in his probation sentencing."

If he can prove he's done all those 100's of hours of community service per a court order! sound's time to submit a bill to the febs for every hour! at his going rate!

Posted by: rodsmith | Oct 15, 2010 6:41:24 PM

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