Ex-Michigan Supreme Court Justice Released From Prison
DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway has been released from a federal prison in West Virginia.
U.S. Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke says Hathaway became eligible for home confinement Thursday. It will run to June 26, followed by a period of probation.
Hathaway pleaded guilty to fraud for shifting properties and failing to disclose assets.
The government said Hathaway and her husband deeded a Windermere, Fla. home to a relative while trying to negotiate a short sale on a Grosse Pointe Park house they couldn’t afford. When the sale went through, the Florida home went back into their names.
Hathaway quit the state Supreme Court in January, 2013, months after a series of suspicious real estate transactions were revealed.
According to U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade, Hathaway admitted on the record that it was all part of a scheme to hide her true worth and she made illegal real estate transfers in order to hide her wealth.
“I stand before you a broken person,” said Hathaway, 59, crying as she addressed U.S. District Judge John Corbett O’Meara, just a few days shy of one year ago. “I am ashamed, embarrassed, humiliated and disgraced.”
Hathaway was sentenced to a year and a day in prison but got credit for good behavior. She served nine months at a prison for women in Alderson, West Virginia.
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