Farah accomplice gets 78 months in FRM fraud


Donald Dodge, Scott Farah's accomplice in the multimillion-dollar Financial Resources Mortgage Inc. Ponzi scheme, was sentenced Wednesday afternoon in Concord to 6 1/2 years in prison -- a shorter term than sought by federal prosecutors.Earlier in the day, Farah, the mastermind of the Ponzi scheme, was given a 15-year sentence by U.S. District Court Judge Paul Barbadoro -- five more than sought by prosecutors.Prosecutors had sought a 121-month sentence for Dodge -- a month longer than the term they sought for Farah. But the judge rejected their recommendation, saying that he felt Dodge showed "legitimate remorse" during the sentencing. He didn't say anything similar about Farah earlier in the day.Prosecutors said they sought the lesser sentence for Farah because he cooperated more with them. But the judge rejected that argument, telling them he was not convinced that Dodge was any less cooperative than Farah.Before his sentencing, Dodge -- who was in tears as he spoke -- told the court, "I know I deserve any punishment I get. I know I am going to prison."During the sentencing, Barbadoro said he had decided to give Dodge a lesser sentence because he felt that Dodge wasn't culpable at the beginning of the fraud and mentioned that Dodge's wife lost $100,000 in the scheme.The judge said he was "not persuaded" that Dodge "knew from the outset" that he was a "culpable participant." He added: "To some extent, you were taken advantage of."He then told Dodge, "Your crime was to continue to participate after learning it was a criminal act."After he learned the scope of his sentence, Dodge told the judge, "I'm very thankful for your sentence."The judge also said he would allow Dodge to self-surrender to authorities, meaning he will be able to report to prison in three weeks. Farah was taken to prison immediately after being sentenced. -- BOB SANDERS/NEW HAMPSHIRE BUSINESS REVIEW
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