Denenberg sentenced to 3 months in jail on fraud charges

A disgraced former Nassau lawmaker was sentenced Friday after admitting to federal mail and wire fraud. Former Nassau County Legislator Dave Denenberg was sentenced to

Former Nassau County Legislator Dave Denenberg was sentenced to three months in jail and three months of home confinement.

Former Nassau County Legislator Dave Denenberg was sentenced to three months in jail and three months of home confinement. (6/5/15)

CENTRAL ISLIP - A disgraced former Nassau lawmaker was sentenced Friday after admitting to federal mail and wire fraud.

Former Nassau County Legislator Dave Denenberg was sentenced to three months in jail and three months of home confinement.

Denenberg pleaded guilty to billing computer company Systemex Inc. $2.3 million for legal services he never performed. He has been charged with eight felony counts of mail fraud.

The judge in Central Islip told Denenberg during the court appearance, "While you were a lawmaker, you were a lawbreaker... During your 15 years as a legislator, you spent eight years stealing."

His attorney and federal prosecutors say he has paid everything back.

"It was noted by the court, Dave Denenberg did not lead a lavish lifestyle. The money that he received or that he had, he had the ability to repay it immediately," said attorney Jason Russo.

As a Democrat from Merrick, Denenberg served eight terms with the Nassau County Legislature.  The judge said she received about 150 letters from his constituents showing their support for him, which was taken into consideration for his sentencing.

"My family and I want to move on and get back to the basics, which is raising our children, being part of the community," said Denenberg.

Denenberg will surrender on Sept. 1.

 

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