Carissa Carpenter sentencing delayed in dispute over how much she stole

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.