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May 28, 2013

Former MSC Justice Hathaway sentenced to one year and a day in prison following bank fraud conviction

Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway was sentenced today to one year and one day in federal prison, two years of supervised release, and to pay $90,000 in restitution. On January 29, 2013, former Justice Hathaway plead guilty to one count of bank fraud, in violation of 18 USC ' 1344, admitting that between 2010 and 2011 she defrauded ING Direct bank by concealing assets from the bank to qualify for a 'short sale.' The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan had asked the Court to sentence former Justice Hathaway within her recommended sentencing guideline range of 12 to 18 months. The defense requested a non-custodial sentence involving probation and restitution payments. The Court's sentence of one year and one day, rather than simply one year, will allow former Justice Hathaway to qualify for good time credit pursuant to the federal Bureau of Prisons' policy.

The press release by the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan announcing the sentence is here. Our prior post announcing former Justice Hathaway's resignation from the Michigan Supreme Court is here.

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