Former Labor Department Aide Sentenced to 33 Months in Prison
WASHINGTON (AP) _ A former Labor Department aide was sentenced today to 33 months in prison on his guilty plea to fraud and false statements for using illegally obtained credit cards to run up about $85,000 in unpaid bills.
Michael Patrick Kaiser pleaded guilty in October to five counts of credit card fraud, one count of false statements and one count of wire fraud. Other charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
″Mr. Kaiser is a con man and a thief,″ said prosecutor Merrick Garland. ″He happens to wear a coat and tie.″
U.S. District Judge William B. Bryant rejected arguments by Kaiser’s lawyer, Gary Segal, that the sentence should be reduced on the ground Kaiser suffers from a personality disorder and his actions were the result of ″some compulsion that he could not totally control.″
Bryant also ordered Kaiser to pay a $350 special assessment and pay approximately $85,000 in restitution.
Kaiser, who joined the Labor Department in December 1989, was charged with falsifying his job application and concealing the fact that he had served jail time in Oregon for check forging.
He also was charged with running up thousands of dollars in bills on credit cards he had said he was getting for Labor Department business, and on credit cards obtained by using his father’s and grandmother’s names, prosecutors said.