According to a recent article in the Star Tribune, U.S. District Judge James Rosenbaum didn’t give Timothy Beliveau any slack. Beliveau was charged with a mortgage fraud scheme that fleeced unwitting investors and homeowners who were struggling to escape foreclosure.
Beliveau used the proceeds of the money to pay for boats, mansions and diamonds. He admitted to tax evasion and money laundering charges. His lawyer claimed that the scheme was related to Beliveau’s ultimate failed effort to rescue his business.
Judge Rosenbaum didn’t take any of Beliveau’s politeness or excuses because he was a con man stealing from innocent people. In fact ,when Beliveau admitted he was responsible for everything, Jude Rosenbaum told him that he wasn’t responsible he was guilty.
Beliveau’s attorney asked the judge to let him serve his time in a South Dakota federal pen. The judge denied the request. Beliveau’s attorney asked the judge to give him one more month to get his affairs in order. The Judge denied the request. In fact the Judge told Beliveau to grow up and live a better life.
He sentenced Beliveau to seven years in prison starting immediately. Now that’s a great judge looking out for the folks.