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Feb 6, 2012 5:20 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

MacPherson, Coakley Have Sentencing Dates Pushed Back

Feb 8, 2012 10:27 AM

The sentencing dates for a husband and wife who have pleaded guilty to a number of felonies related to the $82 million mortgage fraud scheme that also involved former Suffolk County Legislator George O. Guldi have been pushed back at the defense’s request, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota’s office.

Donald MacPherson, the former owner of Magic’s Pub in Westhampton Beach, is now expected to be sentenced on Monday, February 27, about a month after his original date of January 25. Mr. MacPherson, who has homes in Westhampton Beach and Manhattan, pleaded guilty in November to 45 felony counts, including grand larceny, insurance fraud, possession of a forged instrument and scheme to defraud. Judge James F.X. Doyle had previously stated that Mr. MacPherson’s plea would land him four to 12 years in prison.

His wife, Carrie Coakley, will be sentenced on March 8, according to the DA’s office. She was originally to be sentenced on January 30. Ms. Coakley pleaded guilty in December to two felony counts of grand larceny and fraud. According to the DA’s office, Judge Doyle said at the time of Ms. Coakley’s plea that she will receive a sentence of six months in jail or 840 hours of community service.

Judge Doyle adjourned both sentencing dates at the defense’s request, according to the DA’s office.

Their co-defendant, Mr. Guldi, a Democrat who served as a Suffolk County legislator from 
1992 until 2004, pleaded guilty in July just as his trial in the fraud case was set to begin. As part of that deal, Mr. Guldi, who served as his own attorney, received a sentence of one to three years that is running concurrently with a four- to 12-year sentence he was already serving after 
being found guilty last March 
of insurance fraud and grand larceny. Those charges stemmed from his misuse of insurance funds after his Westhampton Beach house burned down in 2008.

Prosecutors have described the mortgage fraud case as the largest in Suffolk County history.

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such nice people....
By BIGjimbo12 (201), East Quogue on Feb 12, 12 10:48 PM
$82Mill, they must have one sweet offshore retirement fund waiting when they are released early for good behavior.

Anybody know the status of the Magics/Dodger property?
By smacw (240), New York on Feb 13, 12 3:55 PM
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By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on Feb 14, 12 11:06 AM