Crime, Punishment & Redemption: Three Unique Reunions

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

This unprecedented event featured a series of insightful conversations between individuals convicted of white collar crimes and the judges who sentenced them. The panels were moderated by University of St. Thomas Law School professor Hank Shea and Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Magill, who prosecuted the cases.

The presentation, a Medtronic Business and Law Roundtable program hosted by the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions and the Center for Ethical Business Cultures at the University of St. Thomas, featured:

Panel I: Stephen Rondestvedt & the Honorable John Tunheim (moderated by Hank Shea)
Stephen Rondestvedt, a former lawyer, defrauded his clients of more than $750,000. After pleading guilty to mail fraud, Rondestvedt was disbarred and sentenced by the Honorable John Tunheim to 46 months imprisonment and ordered to pay full restitution.

Panel II: David Logan & the Honorable Michael Davis (moderated by Hank Shea)
David Logan, a former CEO and public official, was prosecuted for and pled guilty to bank fraud offenses in connection with a company he helped form, Global Ventures, along with bribery offenses in connection with his prior position as city administrator. Logan was sentenced by the Honorable Michael Davis to 71 months imprisonment, $250,000 in extraordinary restitution, a $250,000 fine and forfeiture of $250,000.

Panel III: Nick and Carolyn Ryberg & the Honorable Joan Ericksen (moderated by Frank Magill)
What began as a conflict of interest with Nick Ryberg's employer became a $1 million false invoicing scheme, for which Nick Ryberg and his wife Carolyn both went to federal prison after pleading guilty to mail fraud. The Honorable Joan Ericksen sentenced the Rybergs to 30 and 24 months federal imprisonment, respectively, and ordered them to pay $964,264.57 in restitution. 

The Honorable Diana Murphy, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the former Chair of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines Commission, provided closing comments.

The seminar was held on Thursday, November 12, 2009, at the University of St. Thomas Schulze Grand Atrium in downtown Minneapolis.

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Originally published: 11/25/2009, MPR