Friday, June 18, 2010

Another Bonusgate Defendant Sentenced

A former legislative aide was sentenced to 3 to 6 months in the Dauphin County Jail for her conviction in the illegal bonuses scandal. Judge Richard Lewis also sentenced Anna Marie Peretta-Rosepink to 3 months house arrest and 45 months probation. Perretta-Rosepink, who ran the district office of former Beaver County State Representative Mike Veon, was fined $8,000 and ordered to pay $25,000 in restitution.
Prior to her sentencing, Perretta-Rosepink admitted that she directed employees to perform campaign work on state time. She apologized, admitted to "crossing the line," said she didn't know how to decline when she was asked to do campaign work, and then asked for leniency.
The prosecution was seeking a 19 to 44 month sentence in a state prison. Perretta-Rosepink's attorney called it a fair sentence but the prosecutor Patrick Blessington says she still hasn't accepted full responsibility.
Perreta-Rosepink was convicted in March, along with her former boss, Veon, and a former House aide Brett Cott for their roles in using state tax dollars for illegal campaign work.
Veon is being sentenced later this morning. The prosecution is seeking a sentence of 12 to 17 years. Cott began serving his 21 to 60 month sentence in May. Judge Lewis is expected to rule next week on Cott's request to reduce that sentence.

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