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Case Number: 1:20-cr-00142-DRC
Judge: Douglas R. Cole
Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (Hamilton County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: Cincinnati, Ohio criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with criminal defense lawyer represented defendant h charged with honest services wire fraud, bribery, and attempted extortion.
Testimony in the trial which began June 21 included audio and video recordings of P.D. Sittenfeld, age 37, of Cincinnati, telling undercover agents posing as developers that he could “deliver the votes” in exchange for contributions to a political action committee he controlled. He accepted eight $5,000 checks in 2018 and 2019. A federal grand jury indicted him in November 2020.
“We truly appreciate the jurors’ time and serious consideration of this matter,” said Kenneth L. Parker, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. “Democracy requires politicians to uphold their oath with the highest standards of integrity and respect. In this case, we worked alongside the FBI to hold Mr. Sittenfeld accountable for abusing his oath and, ultimately, the trust that the citizens of Cincinnati placed in him.”
“When elected officials choose to commit illegal acts, they greatly damage the relationship between government and the public they were elected to serve,” stated FBI Cincinnati Special Agent in Charge J. William Rivers. “The FBI prioritizes efforts to expose corruption in order to help maintain the integrity of our democracy and the trust citizens have in our government institutions.”
U.S. District Judge Douglas R. Cole will set a date for Sittenfeld’s sentencing.
U.S. Attorney Parker and J. William Rivers, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Division announced the verdict. Deputy Criminal Chief Emily N. Glatfelter and Assistant United States Attorneys Matthew C. Singer and Megan Gaffney Painter are representing the United States in this case.
Outcome: 07/08/2022 Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Douglas R. Cole: Jury Trial (Day 10) as to Alexander Sittenfeld held on 7/8/22. Matthew Singer, Emily Glatfelter, and Megan Gaffney Painter appeared for the Government; Charles M. Rittgers, Charles H. Rittgers, and Neal Schuett appeared for Defendant Alexander Sittenfeld. Jurors deliberated and returned a verdict of guilty on Counts 3 and 4 and not guilty on Counts 1, 2, 5, and 6. Jury thanked and excused. (Court Reporter: Sue Lopreato-Official). (sct) (Entered: 07/08/2022)
07/08/2022 203 ORDER re Juror Lunches as to Alexander Sittenfeld. Signed by Judge Douglas R. Cole on 7/8/22. (sct) (Entered: 07/08/2022)
07/08/2022 204 ADMITTED EXHIBIT LIST as to Alexander Sittenfeld. (sct) (Entered: 07/08/2022)
07/08/2022 207 JURY VERDICT as to Alexander Sittenfeld. (sct) (Entered: 07/08/2022)
Defendant was found guilty by a jury.