U.S. Attorney Seeks Stiff Sentence for Solomon

June 19, 2002

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Philadelphia presented a memorandum to U.S. District Court Judge Franklin Antwerpen outlining its reasons why Michael A. Solomon, who plead guilty to mail fraud and tax evasion charges in January, should be given a stiff sentence.

Solomon, a former aide to Northhampton County Supervisor Glenn Reibman, admitted conspiring with insurance agent Gary Chromiak in obtaining $260,000 in illegal insurance commissions, and to steering $127,750 in computer consulting contract business to a company he controlled.

Chromiak, who plead guilty for his part in the scheme last May and received a one-year prison sentence, has acted as a government witness against Solomon.

Under the plea bargain Solomon faced a two to two and a half year prison sentence, but his part as the organizer of the fraud and his failure to file tax returns have caused the U.S. Attorney to seek a harsher sentence.

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