you can always trust people in government :)
Scottsdale official faces prison time
Elias C. Arnold The Arizona Republic Jan. 26, 2006 12:00 AM
SCOTTSDALE - A Scottsdale Human Relations Commission member is scheduled for sentencing Friday in a Virginia federal court on three counts of fraud.
Aubrey Strickstein, 46, could face as much as 15 years in prison for accepting money for services he had no intention of providing, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Strickstein owns Scottsdale-based Pinebrook Consulting, a human resources firm, and has served on the Scottsdale commission since October 2003.
The board advises the City Council on diversity and promotes cultural awareness.
Court documents say Strickstein received $100,000 from America Online in early 2003 for services he failed to provide, intending to pass the money to a third party to benefit then-AOL human resources executive Gregory Horton, who pleaded guilty to wire fraud Jan. 13.
Strickstein was convicted in November of wire fraud, mail fraud and transferring fraudulently obtained money across state lines.
Strickstein has already repaid $100,000 he received from AOL, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
He did not return calls for comment Wednesday.
Strickstein was acquitted on one count of conspiracy and two additional counts of wire fraud stemming from his relationship with Horton and another former AOL executive, Ruben Moreno Jr., according to a federal indictment, when they worked for AutoNation in 2000 and when Horton worked for Qwest Communications in 2001-02. Moreno pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy.