10th Circ. Backs 6-Year Sentence For Corrupt Prison Official

Law360, New York (April 16, 2013, 10:19 PM EDT) -- The Tenth Circuit on Tuesday affirmed the 70-month prison sentence imposed on a former high-ranking New Mexico corrections official who took about $237,000 in kickbacks from a roofing contractor, finding she had properly received a sentencing enhancement for obstructing the investigation into her misconduct.

The appeals court said Laurie Chapman should not have received a lighter sentence because she accepted responsibility for trying to conceal the kickback scheme after the contractor, Anthony Moya of Omni Development, began cooperating with the government. Chapman's sentence was actually well...
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