Earlier this week, mainstream Southern California news outlets reported that on Dec. 8 a federal judge sentenced a Newport Beach con man and international fugitive to 10 years in prison based on a 1990s telemarketing scam that targeted victim's retirement funds.
|FBI photo from 1999|
|James Stanley Eberhart|
James Eberhart, 73 and a classical music lover who dropped out of the 12th grade, had sought a punishment of only three years because of his age and the possibility that he may die in prison with a longer sentence for stealing more than $12 million in an Internet programming conspiracy called YES Entertainment Network, Inc..
His defense lawyer said it wouldn't be fair for Eberhart to leave prison "in a pine box."
But the mainstream papers missed a key reason why U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney, the most unpredictable sentencing judge inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana, didn't grant Eberhart's wish.
It wasn't just that while a fugitive Eberhart lived well off money stolen from 811 individuals, traveled extensively around the world and made home the Infinity, a custom-built, luxury 58-foot yacht.More »