Author of Ties-2-Stripes Book.
I am married with two young children, and I graduated from a respected university. I was the director of the Planning, Engineering, and Inspection Department for one of the largest towns in New Jersey. My position included overseeing, directing, and developing plans to guide the public through the approval processes of theses three departments. During my time as director, I was involved in the process to complete and develop a complete Master Plan review for the entire town.
Before my director‘s job, I served as the president of my local town’s school board and developed plans to deliver education programs for the district. My other work experience included being a financial advisor for over 15 years and serving as a vice president at a Fortune 500 company. I had my Series 7 General Securities license and helped develop successful financial plans for many individuals to meet their financial goals.
While I was a director for the large town in New Jersey, I was charged with, and convicted of, one count of money laundering for $5000. Admittedly, it was wrong for me to take money from a corrupt source and give it to another individual who was going through financially hard times. The corrupt source was an insurance broker, and we’d had a personal relationship for over ten years. The other individual was the mayor of my town and also my best friend. The mayor also had a long-term personal relationship with the insurance broker.
The mayor was convicted and sentenced to 38 months in federal prison for using his official influence in helping the insurance broker maintain her insurance contract that she’d had for the last ten years with the school district. The insurance broker wore a wire and camera while with the two of us for almost a year, and she walked away with full immunity and all of her commissions.
The prosecution wanted a probationary and noncustodial sentence for me, but I was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison. I was also given 2 years of supervised release, fined $2000, and forfeited $10,000 for this conviction and other relevant conduct related to this corrupt source.
I did not have any negative incident reports, and I successfully programmed while incarcerated. I received all of my good time credit and halfway house time and served only 14 months. I served six months at a low-security FCI, transferred through an FTC high security institution, and then completed eight months at a minimum security Satellite Camp. Finally, I was released to a halfway house, home confinement, and supervised release to finish out my sentence.