Sentencings scheduled for April for convicted former CMEEC officers
Jan. 12—Three separate sentencing dates have been scheduled in mid-April in U.S. District Courtroom in New Haven for 3 former utility officers convicted of theft in reference to controversial journeys to the Kentucky Derby and a West Virginia golf resort.
U.S. District Decide Jeffrey A. Meyer final Friday denied a number of motions looking for to overturn the jury’s responsible verdicts and to hunt a brand new trial filed by former Connecticut Municipal Electrical Vitality Cooperative CEO Drew Rankin, former Norwich Public Utilities Basic Supervisor John Bilda and former CMEEC and Norwich utilities board chairman James Sullivan.
Following that ruling, Meyer set the schedules for pre-sentencing experiences by protection attorneys and U.S. attorneys within the case.
Rankin, Bilda and Sullivan had been discovered responsible in December 2021 by a jury of 1 rely every of theft from a program receiving federal funds for his or her management roles in planning the 2015 journey to the Kentucky Derby and two journeys to The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia. They had been cleared of different theft and conspiracy costs, and two different defendants, Groton Utilities Commissioner Edward DeMuzzio and former CMEEC CFO Edward Pryor had been discovered not responsible on all costs.
The court docket schedule posted Tuesday requires Rankin to be sentenced at 10 a.m. April 18. A pre-sentencing investigation report by the probation workplace is due March 7, any objections to be filed by March 21 and a second pre-sentencing disclosure is due March 31. A sentencing memorandum by Rankin’s attorneys is due April 4, and the federal government’s sentencing memorandum due April 11.
The schedule for Sullivan follows sooner or later later for every due date, with sentencing scheduled for 10 a.m. April 19. The probation pre-sentencing investigation is due March 8, objections are due March 22 and a second disclosure due April 1. Sullivan’s attorneys should file their sentencing memorandum by April 5, and U.S. attorneys should file by April 12.
The schedule for Bilda follows sooner or later after Sullivan’s dates, with sentencing scheduled for 10 a.m. April 20. The probation report is due March 9, objections to be filed by March 23 and a second disclosure by April 2. Bilda’s attorneys should file their sentencing memorandum by April 6, with the U.S. attorneys submitting by April 13.
Rankin, Sullivan and Bilda face a most sentence of 10 years on the theft conviction. Following their conviction on Dec. 10, 2021, Thomas Carson, spokesman for the U.S. Lawyer’s workplace, advised The Day the choose additionally might order restitution and levy fines on the defendants.
Carson stated final week that any appeals of the verdicts could be filed to the Second Circuit Courtroom of Appeals in New York Metropolis.
Rankin and Sullivan may very well be again in court docket as soon as the Kentucky Derby/Greenbrier journeys proceedings are concluded. The 2 face two counts every of conspiracy and felony theft costs in a second indictment that alleges Sullivan obtained funds for private journey and different bills from CMEEC, authorised by Rankin, totaling practically $100,000 from 2010 to 2015.
The events and U.S. attorneys agreed to delay the beginning of that trial till “judgment is entered” within the Kentucky Derby/Greenbrier journeys case.
All through the FBI investigation, indictments and trial, CMEEC, a nonprofit electrical cooperative owned by six municipally owned utilities, has been paying the authorized charges for the defendants, per the cooperative’s bylaws on the time. CMEEC has filed a federal civil go well with towards its legal responsibility insurance coverage firm, Nationwide Union Hearth Insurance coverage Co. of Pittsburgh difficult the corporate’s denial of protection for the authorized protection prices.
The choose in that case dominated in favor of part of CMEEC’s claims, though the lawsuit is constant and the events stay at odds over the protection authorized charges. CMEEC’s legal professional has filed motions asking the choose to power the corporate to pay authorized charges as they’re incurred by the defendants. Nationwide Union has countered that by Dec. 21, 2022, the corporate has paid $5.2 million for the protection authorized charges within the legal case.
CMEEC argues that the legal responsibility coverage requires the corporate to pay authorized charges upfront on to the legislation companies or the defendants, whereas Nationwide Union claims the coverage requires reimbursement to CMEEC of “cheap and crucial charges, prices and bills consented to by the Insurer.”
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