Mar 19

TPT Broadcasts "Crime, Punishment, and Redemption"

Published on: Friday, March 19, 2010

Four Minnesota white-collar offenders who have served time in federal prisons will met the prosecuting attorneys and judges who put them there, but this time it was at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, and Twin Cities Public Television was there to capture it.

Defendants, lawyers and judges came together in an unprecedented forum, "Crime, Punishment and Redemption: Three Unique Reunions," which was broadcast on TPT is availabe on the TPT website.

The forum featured a series of three conversations between those convicted of white-collar crimes and the judges who sentenced them. The program was a Medtronic Business and Law Roundtables hosted by the university's Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions and the Center for Ethical Business Cultures at St. Thomas' Opus College of Business.

• The first panel will feature Stephen Rondestvedt and Judge John Tunheim. A former lawyer, Rondestvedt defrauded his clients of more than $750,000. After pleading guilty to mail fraud, he was disbarred and sentenced by Tunheim to 46 months imprisonment and ordered to pay full restitution.

• The second panel will feature David Logan and Chief Judge Michael Davis. A former CEO and city administrator in Pipestone, Logan 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. He was sentenced by Davis to 71 months imprisonment, $250,000 in extraordinary restitution, a $250,000 fine, and forfeiture of $250,000.

• The third panel will feature Nick and Carolyn Ryberg and Judge Joan Ericksen. 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. Ericksen sentenced the Rybergs to 30 and 24 months federal imprisonment, respectively, and ordered them to pay $964,264.57 in restitution. 

More information can be found at the Holloran Center's Web site at http://www.stthomas.edu/ethicalleadership/

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