People in New York who are accused of white collar crimes like money laundering or embezzlement may well know that they might be forced to spend time in prison if they are convicted of these types of offenses. However, a prison sentence is not always an automatic outcome as many factors can go into what determines a person's sentence in these matters.
One example of this can be seen in a case that played out in nearby Hartford, Connecticut where a former leader of a non-profit organization faced allegations that he illegally took money from the organization, some for his personal use. According to a recent report by Hartford Business, the defendant was accused of taking or misusing close to $33,000 in funds. These funds were received from Section 8 checks and also from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Allegations state that the man failed to report the use of some of the money received, spent some of it on items not eligible for the funds, and diverted some of the money to his personal account. No details on how he plead in the case were provided but he has not been sentenced to spend time in prison. Instead, he will perform 50 hours of community service and complete a probation sentence lasting three years.
The man was the president of an organization that provided housing to low-income people with HIV/AID for just over one year, at the end of which time he was arrested following an investigation that lasted eight months.