Miami’s go-to forensic accountant-turned Ponzi Schemer Lewis Freeman was sentenced to eight years in prison earlier today. While that’s clearly an embarrassment for him and his family (he reportedly told his kids, “I know you’re smart enough not to follow … the horrible example I set for you.”) the man does have a shred of dignity left.
He still has plenty of friends who think that his charity work should have been enough to keep him out of the slammer altogether. Sam Antar – who did the exact opposite metamorphosis – isn’t impressed by this:
It’s hilarious how many people are supporting this guy. As the criminal CFO of Crazy Eddie, I used to do good deeds such as walking old ladies across the street, too. However, my so-called good deeds never made me any less of a cold-blooded criminal.
Good deeds are used by criminals to build walls of false integrity around themselves to increase the comfort level of their victims and to gain an outpouring of support, if they ever get caught.
But on a more superficial level, Lew Freeman was a dapper fellow. So don’t even begin to think that you’ll be getting your filthy mitts on the man’s fine threads.
[Freeman] spent his final moments of freedom Friday saying goodbye to family and stripping down to his jogging shorts before dozens of people in a Miami federal courtroom….“He didn’t want to give his suit to the authorities,” said Freeman’s attorney, Joseph DeMaria. “It was his idea.”
Freeman sentenced to eight years [South Florida Business Journal]