BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A lawyer for a man sentenced for a $28 million movie fundraising fraud scheme says his client deserves less time in prison.
Malcolm "Mac" Parker was sentenced last year to 4 ½ years in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud and filing false tax papers. He oversaw both the fundraising and filming aspects of a movie project that shortchanged hundreds of Vermonters. A co-defendant, Louis Soteriou, was sentenced to 84 months in prison.
The Burlington Free Press reports Parker's lawyer, John Pacht, says in a document filed with the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City that prosecutors only recommended a three-year sentence.
Federal Judge Christina Reiss said she increased Parker's sentence because she didn't believe Parker had accepted responsibility for his conduct.
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