Ex-Traficant aide heading to prison in mortgage scam

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A staff attorney for former U.S. Rep. James Traficant who testified at the Ohio Democrat’s corruption trial is heading to prison after pleading guilty to federal bank fraud charges.

Cleveland.com reports (http://bit.ly/29D2pMI ) 52-year-old R. Allen Sinclair of Suwanee, Georgia, was sentenced Thursday to more than three years behind bars and ordered to pay $830,000 in restitution. He pleaded guilty to bank fraud charges in connection with a mortgage investment scam.

Sinclair made headlines in 2002 when he testified at Traficant’s trial that he kicked back $2,500 a month from his congressional salary to the Youngstown-area congressman. Traficant served seven years in federal prison after a jury in Cleveland found him guilty of bribery and other charges. He died in 2014 after a tractor tipped over on him.


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