After all the advance billing, the sentencing for movie studio con artist Carissa Carpenter has been delayed for at least a week.
The postponement came because of disagreements over how much money she ended up bilking from investors during her 17-year tour of the nation as she talked of plans to build a multibillion dollar movie studio project.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Todd Pickles and Rosanne Rust, who are pressing for Carpenter to receive an eight-year, one-month sentence, argue that Carpenter stiffed investors out of more than $4.5 million, but they said Friday that they were willing to reduce that number to about $4 million “in an abundance of caution.”
That figure wasn’t low enough for defense attorney John Manning, who wants Carpenter to get a sentence of time served – about 14 months – and who says the government has double-counted some investor losses. The most Carpenter got from investors was $3.2 million, he argued.
The figures are important because, under the government’s sentencing guidelines, a loss of more than $3.5 million can add 18 months to whatever sentence U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. hands down.
After an hour of discussion, Burrell adjourned the sentencing hearing and scheduled a hearing on the loss figures for next Friday.