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100-year sentence appealed in massive fraud case

Andrew A. Protogyrou, argued his client’s case before a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on September 21, 2011.

Attorney Protogyrou argued that Edward Hugh Okun’s sentence was greater than necessary and that appropriate consideration was not given to his age, health and lack of a prior criminal record. Protogyrou argued about the propriety of the April 27, 2007, search warrant of Okun’s Midlothian offices and that his indictment was flawed. Mr. Okun is accused of stealing $126 million dollars.

Protogyrou also argued that the sentence was excessive in light of Okun’s age, health problems, which include triple coronary bypass surgery in 1990, and his small prior criminal record – a driving under the influence charge in 1980.

Read the full article at: Richmond Times-Dispatch website

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