Monday, June 4, 2012
Judge sentences Orie to 2 1/2 to 10 years in prison.
Former State Sen. Jane Orie was sentenced to prison Monday and immediately taken into custody. Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey A. Manning sentenced the 50-year-old former Republican lawmaker to a prison term of between 2 1/2 and 10 years on corruption charges. She was found guilty in March of five felonies and nine misdemeanors; the charges stemmed from allegations that she used her legislative staff to do campaign work. The charges included theft of services, ethics violations, tampering with evidence and forgery. Restitution will be decided within 30 days based on legal briefs that have not been submitted yet. Do you think the sentence was fair? Too harsh? Too lenient? Please vote in our poll and tell us your …
The ex-state senator was convicted in March of using state-funded staff for political work.
Monday, June 4, 2012
Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey A. Manning sentenced former state Sen. Jane Orie to between 2 1/2 to 10 years in prison on corruption charges, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Orie made no statement and was immediately taken into custody after today’s sentencing hearing in Downtown Pittsburgh. Restitution will be decided within 30 days based on legal briefs not yet submitted, the Post-Gazette reports. Manning told Orie that one of the most solemn oaths she took as an attorney was to "use no falsehood," reports KDKA. He said forgery and tampering with evidence introduced by her in a judicial proceeding cannot be a more "flagrant and disgraceful" violation of that oath, according to KDKA. Orie, 50, was convicted in …
Monday, May 7, 2012
Patrica K. Smith could serve six years in prison.
Although Patricia K. Smith, the Cranberry woman who embezzled $10.2 million from Baierl Acura and used it to fund her lavish lifestyle and that of her family members, won’t be sentenced until Wednesday, the prosecution recommends she serve five to six years in prison. The former controller of the Pine Township-based car dealership, Smith, 58, pleaded guilty in January to one count of wire fraud before Senior United States District Judge Gustave Diamond. According to documents filed in federal court in Pittsburgh, Smith, a married mother to three grown children and grandmother to three, electronically transferred funds from Baierl’s payroll bank account to one of her personal bank accounts on more than 800 occasions from Dec. 2004 until …