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Apr 28, 2010 2:25 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Motz lawyer arguing that his client should receive a shorter sentence

Apr 28, 2010 2:25 PM

CENTRAL ISLIP—The attorney representing former Quogue Village Mayor George Motz, who was facing up to 14 years in prison at his sentencing in a federal courthouse yesterday, spent three hours Wednesday morning arguing that his client should 
receive a shorter sentence based on his community service.

Attorney G. Robert Gage Jr. spent most of the time arguing that Mr. Motz, who bilked clients at his Manhattan investment firm, Melhado, Flynn & Associates, out of $2.4 million in an elaborate “cherry picking” scheme, should not be sentenced in accordance with federal guidelines, which could result in a prison term of from 11¼ to 14 years.

Instead, Mr. Gage argued that his client, who admitted in October to defrauding investors at his firm, should receive a shorter sentence—though the attorney had not provided Judge Arthur D. Spatt with a suggested prison term by the time of a recess.

The sentencing, which took place at U.S. District Court in Central Islip, began at around 10 a.m. on Wednesday, about 30 minutes later than scheduled. The hearing continued until a few minutes before 1 p.m., when Judge Spatt ordered a 45-minute recess. The sentencing was set to resume at 1:45 p.m. A decision had not been handed down as of Wednesday afternoon.

About a dozen members of Mr. Motz’s family, including his wife, Kittric, who serves as Quogue Village Justice, attended the sentencing. Family members declined to be interviewed.

On Wednesday morning, Judge Spatt agreed with the prosecution’s assertion that Mr. Motz, 68, stole $2.4 million from his clients—a number that Mr. Gage disputed earlier this month during a special, separate hearing.

Mr. Gage told the court Wednesday that Mr. Motz’s service as mayor of Quogue Village, a post he held from 2002 until stepping down in the fall following his guilty plea, should be taken into consideration. The attorney also pointed out that Mr. Motz served two years in the U.S. Army as a casualty notification officer during the Vietnam War.

In October, Mr. Motz, who was still mayor, stood before Judge Spatt and pleaded guilty to one count of securities fraud, a felony, thus waiving his right to an appeal.

The charge resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Prosecutors said Mr. Motz used a scheme to illegally net the money for his investment company between November 2000 and June 2005.

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How does this attorney sleep at night??
This CREEP all so altered a document to cover his fraud.
14 years is not to long
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Apr 28, 10 1:59 PM
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By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Apr 28, 10 2:12 PM
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By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Apr 28, 10 3:17 PM
How could the wifey not know? Hmmm....
By OTISFORDSUCKS (34), Quogue on Apr 30, 10 5:12 PM
sjd: Altered a document, or "documents"?
By OTISFORDSUCKS (34), Quogue on May 10, 10 5:04 PM
sjd: Still some "unanswered" questions....
By OTISFORDSUCKS (34), Quogue on May 12, 10 9:43 AM
Motz Family: Shame.
By OTISFORDSUCKS (34), Quogue on Jun 6, 10 7:53 PM