Skip to comments.Phila. mayor's ex-law partner sentenced (30 months for fraud, conspiracy)
Posted on 08/08/2006 6:25:54 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
PHILADELPHIA - A former associate of Philadelphia's mayor was sentenced Tuesday to 30 months in prison for engaging in fraud and conspiracy as head of an effort to develop the city's waterfront.
Leonard N. Ross, friend and one-time law partner of Mayor John F. Street, used his position to get potential developers to donate money to Street's re-election campaign, provided a lobbyist with inside information to one bidder in exchange for help with a $150,000 bank loan, and sought a job for his wife with another bidder.
"I'm deeply ashamed and embarrassed by what I did," said Ross, 58, who pleaded guilty in December to three counts of honest services fraud and one count of conspiracy. "It's almost like an out-of-body experience: It wasn't me, but it was me."
U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson said he imposed the maximum prison term under federal guidelines because of the nature of the crimes and the betrayal of the public's trust. He also fined Ross $25,000.
"Corruption is a cancer, and unless it is excised and dealt with and killed, it can just spread and do terrible damage," the judge said.
In 2003, Ross was named chairman of a city committee to choose a developer for Penn's Landing, a 13-acre parcel on the Delaware River.
Nearly two dozen people have been convicted in a federal corruption probe that became public when police discovered an FBI bug in Street's office in October 2003. The mayor has denied any wrongdoing and has not been charged.
Street halted the Penn's Landing project in late 2004, saying the city could not afford the $100 million in public funds sought by developers.
This is news?
Isn't fraud and corruption the norm in all big city Democratic administrations?
Honest and John Street are two words that I've never heard in the same sentence. He just hasn't been caught yet. From his early militant years, to the years when he failed to pay his utility bills to his mayoral years when his office was bugged and blackberry seized in a corruption probe investigation, he just hasn't been caught yet. For those who want a real glimpse into corrupt Philly politics, you just might want to check out "Shame of the City" a documentary about the FBI bug in Street's office and the way it was given a racist spin by Street, Fast Eddie Rendell, Bill Clinton and the "usual suspects". And now Street is considering a run for the Senate - what a joke!
and don't forget our dead people voting - LOL!!
honest services fraud?????
Call Scully and Mulder out of retirement.
Is this going to create trouble for the Museum of Trucking?
Guess he was lucky the judge did not have the death penalty as an option!
I just never heard of 'honest services fraud' before. Is this a charge reserved for politicians?
Never heard of it either, but I'm pretty sure it only applies to Democrats.
Move along people, nothing to see here, move along folks....
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