Sentences reduced for two former Cast-Crete employees
TAMPA - Two men who admitted stealing more than $5 million from Cast-Crete Corp. have had their prison sentences reduced in exchange for their help convicting the former company president of tax evasion. A judge reduced the prison sentence of Franklin Derochemont, the former company controller, from 41 to 30 months. Accountant Christopher Ediale Osimen had his term cut from 41 to 36 months. Derochemont was the first prosecution witness last month in the trial of John Stanton, former Cast-Crete president and co-owner. Stanton was convicted of tax evasion charges and faces up to 10 years in federal prison when he is sentenced in March. Derochemont, 66, pleaded guilty in 2010 to mail fraud and tax evasion, admitting he stole more than $5.3 million from the company. He is serving his time in a federal prison camp and testified at Stanton's trial that he would be eligible to enter a halfway house in March.Last week, the prosecution filed motions seeking the sentence reductions. The motion in Derochemont's case noted he testified in Stanton's trial and before the grand jury that indicted Stanton. Derochemont also submitted to debriefings by federal agents. Although Osimen wasn't called to testify at Stanton's trial, the prosecution motion says he was willing to take the stand. Osimen also testified before the grand jury and participated in debriefings. Stanton co-owned Cast-Crete Corp. with the late conservative powerbroker Ralph Hughes. Stanton was convicted after a weeklong trial on one charge of attempting to impede the administration of federal tax laws and seven counts of failing to file personal and corporate tax returns for several years.
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