The day after this story appeared, prosecutors celebrated the fact that they were able to get a 40-month prison sentence for investment tycoon Paul R. Allen, who defrauded lenders of more than $3 billion.
The 40-month sentence for Paul R. Allen, 55, of Oakton, Va., is slightly less than the six-year term sought by federal prosecutors.
“I messed up. I messed up big,” Allen told U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema before he was sentenced, apologizing to his family and “the entire financial community. “There was no excuse for my behavior.”
Allen was chief executive at Ocala, Fla.-based Taylor Bean & Whitaker, which collapsed in 2009 after the criminal investigation became public, resulting in its 2,000 employees losing their jobs. The fraud also contributed to the collapse of Alabama-based Colonial Bank – the sixth largest bank failure in U.S. history – after Colonial bought hundreds of millions of dollars in Taylor Bean mortgages that had already been sold to other investors.
Roy Brown is black and homeless, while Paul R. Allen is white and extremely wealthy. The same dynamic played out in Mississippi, where Jamie and Gladys Scott were given double life sentences for their possible indirect involvement in an $11 robbery. Barbour has since begrudgingly allowed their conditional release, but did not pardon or commute their sentences outright–as he did for four men convicted of murdering their wives or girlfriends.
Racism and class bias are central to the way our criminal justice system operates–and the purpose of “tough on crime” rhetoric is still, more often than not, to “protect” men like Paul R. Allen from men like Roy Brown. It is less a matter of preventing crime than it is insulating lives that are valued, under the old formula, from lives that aren’t. –Tom Head
There are various online references from the Associated press to the Paul R. Allen story however very little for the Roy Brown Story though it has been independently confirmed– that there is a Roy Brown with the same birthdate (7/24/54) in the Louisiana prison system by using the VINELink inmate locator system.
See snopes.com for their concept of reasonable justifications: http://www.snopes.com/politics/crime/roybrown.asp