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Feb 24, 2010 11:00 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Former Quogue mayor will return to court on April 14

Feb 24, 2010 11:00 AM

Former Quogue Village Mayor George Motz, who faces up to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to felony securities fraud in October, is now scheduled to appear in federal court on Wednesday, April 14, for a special hearing at which his attorney is likely to argue for a lighter punishment.

Mr. Motz was originally scheduled to be sentenced on January 29. But days before the sentencing, his attorney, G. Robert Gage Jr., requested a Fatico hearing, a special court appearance in which both the defense and prosecution can present evidence in order to argue over the appropriate length of a prison sentence.

The hearing will begin at 9 a.m., and will take place before Judge Arthur D. Spatt in U.S. District Court in Central Islip.

A date has not been set for Mr. Motz’s sentencing, and he is unlikely to be sentenced on the same day as the upcoming hearing.

In an August 2009 indictment, Mr. Motz was accused of running a “cherry-picking” scheme that netted some $2.2 million for his Manhattan investment company, Melhado, Flynn & Associates, also known as MFA, between November 2000 and June 2005. He resigned as mayor three days after pleading guilty to the felony charge in October.

In a letter to Judge Spatt on January 26, Mr. Gage stated that the defense objects to some of the facts of the case, namely exactly how much money Mr. Motz stole and how many of his investors he had victimized.

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When is the Village of Quogue going to build the Motz Monument (funded with speeding tickets)? Boy, did he fool you.
By nellie (451), sag harbor on Feb 25, 10 8:20 PM
Motz Family & "cherry picking": Shame!
By OTISFORDSUCKS (34), Quogue on Jun 6, 10 7:56 PM
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