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Ex-mayor’s prison sentence upheld

Tue., Aug. 7, 2007

A federal judge Monday rejected a former Waterbury mayor’s bid for a reduced sentence, saying he deserves 37 years in prison for sexually abusing two girls while he was mayor.

Philip Giordano, 44, was convicted in 2003 of paying a crack-addicted prostitute to bring her daughter and niece to him for sexual encounters in 2000 and 2001, when they were 8 and 10.

The sentence “was, and still remains, just, reasonable, and sufficient, but not greater than necessary given the nature of his crimes,” U.S. District Judge Alan H. Nevas wrote.

The judge added that the public must be protected from Giordano.

His attorney, Andrew Bowman, had no immediate comment. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office said they were pleased with the ruling and that the sentence was appropriate.


U.N. worker faces visa fraud charge

A United Nations translator was arrested Monday on charges that he and two others used U.N. stationery in a visa fraud scheme, prosecutors said.

Vyacheslav Manokhin, a U.N. employee based in Manhattan, was accused of helping numerous non-U.S. citizens enter the country illegally by providing fraudulent documents so they could obtain visas to attend conferences that either did not exist or which they did not attend.

The charges in the scheme, which prosecutors said began in April 2005 and was ongoing, were outlined in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

Manokhin, 45, was scheduled to appear in court later Monday. The Greenwich, Conn., resident is a Russian citizen.

He was charged with conspiracy to commit fraud with regard to immigration documents, which carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison.


Flight attendant allegedly tipsy

A flight attendant appeared in court Monday to answer charges she was drinking alcohol on the job and told a captain “You’re dead” as she was removed from the plane.

Public safety officers at Blue Grass Airport reported Sarah Mills, 26, threatened the Atlantic Southeast Airlines captain Sunday afternoon. Court documents said she smelled heavily of alcohol and admitted drinking whiskey onboard.

Mills’ driver’s license lists her residence as Union, Mo., though she told officers she now lives in Atlanta. She was being held Monday at Fayette County Detention Center on a $350 bond following her arraignment on terroristic threatening and public alcohol intoxication. She pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Court records say a breath test found her blood alcohol level was .032 – lower than Kentucky’s legal limit of .08 to operate a motor vehicle. She refused blood and urine tests, the court records said.

It was not immediately clear whether Mills had an attorney.

Besides the criminal charges, Mills faces a civil review by the Federal Aviation Administration on charges of being a crew member of an airplane while drunk. Kathleen Bergen, public affairs manager for the FAA’s Southern region, said she could not be jailed on that charge but that the agency is reviewing the matter.


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