Report to jail March
23 in Pa.,
Nacchio is told
By Andy Vuong
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Former Qwest chief executive Joe Nacchio is 18 days from trading
in his million-dollar digs for a prison camp in central Pennsylvania.
The New Jersey
resident was ordered Wednesday to report to a minimum-security
camp at Schuylkill Federal Correctional Institution on March 23
to begin serving a six-year prison term for illegal insider
Nacchio requested the camp, which is No. 7 on a Top 10 list of
luxury prisons ranked by lifestyle website
The Minersville, Pa.,
prison offers outdoor team sports, a game room and a craft
center. It currently houses 300 inmates and also
reportedly features a softball and soccer field, a gymnasium, a
running track, and pool tables.
"It's one of the better camps around," said Alan Ellis, a California attorney and
co-author of the "Federal Prison Guidebook." "It's
well-run and new." Ellis said the camp's exterior has
white lines instead of barbed-wire fences, but added that "none
of these places are country-club prisons."
didn't make Forbes magazine's list of the "best places to go to
Nacchio, 59, will sleep in a two-person cubicle and be assigned
food services, landscaping and janitorial work, among other
jobs. He'll have to wear a green prison outfit when he
meets with visitors. The days he can have visitors will be
based on an odd-even rotation tied to the fifth digit of his
prison number. His number is 33973-013.
Nacchio's attorney Maureen Mahoney didn't respond to requests
for comment Wednesday. Mahoney has indicated she will
petition for the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case.
She will also likely request a stay of Nacchio's sentence, which
would allow him to remain free while the Supreme Court considers
Nacchio was convicted in April 2007 on 19 counts of insider
trading connected to his sale of $52 million in Qwest stock.
He was acquitted on 23 related charges. In addition to the
prison term, he was ordered to forfeit $52 million in ill-gotten
gains and pay $19 million in fines.
A three-judge appeals panel in 2008 reversed the conviction,
ruling that the trial judge wrongly excluded expert testimony
from a defense witness.
Last week, the full 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld
the conviction and revoked Nacchio's bond. The 5-4
decision stated that the trial court properly performed its duty
as gatekeeper in excluding the expert testimony.
Nacchio must report to the warden by noon March 23, according to
the order by U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger.
"Travel will be at his own expense," the order states.
Krieger was assigned to the case last week. Former U.S.
District Judge Edward Nottingham, who handled the trial and
sentencing, resigned last year after a series of sexually
charged allegations against him.
Nacchio's challenge of his sentence and forfeiture amount is
still pending before the initial three-judge appeals panel.
If the panel rules in his favor, the case may be remanded to
Krieger for resentencing.
Nacchio was Qwest's CEO from 1997 to 2002, reaping millions of
dollars in salary and stock sales.
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