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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Court moves sentencing for former Hamilton department director

The convicted money launderer in the scandal surrounding former mayor John Bencivengo will be sentenced next year.

Originally scheduled for today, the court has moved the sentencing for Rob Warney, former Hamilton Board of Education member and Department of Community Planning and Compliance, will now be sentenced January 13.

He resigned his job with the township in June before pleading guilty to a charge he laundered money in the Bencivengo case. As part of his plea agreement, Warney also admitted to receiving $10,000 in bribes in 2006 and 2007 while on the school board.

A jury convicted Bencivengo of taking $12,400 in bribes from the government’s cooperating witness, Marliese Ljuba, in exchange for his influence with the Hamilton Board of Education, so that she could keep her lucrative health insurance brokerage for her employer, Allen Associates.

Released on a $100,000 unsecured bond, Warney could face as much as 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine in his sentence. He testified against his former "best friend," in Bencivengo in exchange for what will likely be a reduced sentence.

This is the second time Warney's sentencing has been moved; it was first scheduled for Oct. 9.

Spokesman for the US Attorney's Office Matthew Reilly said his office does not comment on proceedings being moved.

William Hughes, Warney's attorney, did not immediately respond to a phone call.


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