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Monday, November 20, 2006

noe more

cookie jill sends us to the toledo blade which informs us that tommy noem the publican fundraiser behind the rare coin scheme in ohio, is going to the big house:

tom noe, convicted last week on 29 charges for stealing from ohio’s $50 million rare-coin fund, was sentenced to 18 years in state prison and ordered to pay fines and restitution by judge thomas osowik this morning in lucas county courthouse.

the sentence will begin after noe completes a 27-month federal sentence imposed in september for illegal laundering more than $45,000 to president bush’s campaign, judge osowik ruled.

noe was fined $213,000 by judge osowik and ordered to pay the cost of the prosecution, estimated at nearly $3 million, and ordered to pay restitution to the ohio bureau of workers’ compensation for the money missing from the rare-coin fund, estimated at $13.7 million.

“you cooked the books ... it was an elaborate scheme,” judge osowik said before sentencing noe.

mr. osowik said noe’s crimes were premeditated and he “continued to manipulate” the bureau until may, 2005, even after an internal auditor raised concerns about the coin funds more than five years earlier.

the judge said noe created a “facade” of wealth taken from a “bottomless cup” of state coin-fund money.

noe appeared in a dark blue jumpsuit, handcuffed with chains around his waist.

when he walked into the courtroom, he was animated, smiling and joking with his lawyers. when judge osowik entered the court, he turned emotionless.

he remained so during the sentencing.
if he's smart, he'll also remain so during the 18 years.
posted by skippy at 5:05 PM |

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