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Apr 21, 2010 1:46 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Former Quogue mayor will be sentenced on April 28

Apr 21, 2010 1:46 PM

Former Quogue Village Mayor George Motz, who faces up to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to securities fraud in October, is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court on Wednesday, April 28, at 9:30 a.m.

In October, Mr. Motz, who was then the mayor of Quogue, pleaded guilty to one count of securities fraud, a felony, in U.S. District Court in Central Islip, for his role in a “cherry-picking” scheme that netted some $2.2 million for his Manhattan investment company, Melhado, Flynn & Associates, also known as MFA, between November 2000 and June 2005. He resigned as mayor three days after his guilty plea, after holding the position since 2002.

Judge Arthur D. Spatt was originally scheduled to sentence Mr. Motz in U.S. District Court in Central Islip on January 29. But the court appearance was canceled after Mr. Motz’s attorney, G. Robert Gage Jr., requested a “Fatico hearing,” a special court appearance in which both the defense and prosecution can present evidence in order to argue over the appropriate length of Mr. Motz’s sentence.

While a transcript of the hearing, which took place at the federal courthouse in Central Islip on Wednesday, April 14, was not immediately available, it was expected that Mr. Gage argued that the amount of money Mr. Motz stole is less than the $2.2 million claimed by federal prosecutors.

Neither Mr. Gage nor Assistant U.S. Attorney Roger Burlingame, the prosecutor in the 
case against Mr. Motz, returned calls seeking comment on the Fatico hearing this week. Mr. Motz referred all questions to Mr. Gage.

A letter sent by Mr. Gage to Judge Spatt and dated Tuesday, January 26, states that the defense objects to some of the facts of the case, namely exactly how much money Mr. Motz stole and how many of his investors were victimized.

While 25 years is the maximum sentence allowed for securities fraud, prosecutors have said that federal sentencing guidelines would put Mr. Motz’s sentence somewhere between 12 and a half and 15 and a half years.

After his plea, Mr. Motz was released on the same $500,000 bond that he had posted the day after his indictment. In an emotional announcement made to the Quogue Village Board on October 16, Mr. Motz stepped down as mayor, more than eight months before his term was set to expire on June 30, 2010. On November 20, then Village Trustee Peter Sartorius was appointed as Mr. Motz’s replacement.

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so it's quogue mayor off to jail for front running his clients, then the mayor of easthampton for using funds set aside for preservation to pay for projects that friends of his had the contract for, then the mayor of southampton for drunk driving. it would be funny if it wasn't so sad.
By davidf (325), hampton bays on Apr 20, 10 3:49 PM
You need to get the facts right: It was the Town SUPERVISOR of East Hampton....not the MAYOR....and the Town Supervisor of SOUTHAMPTON...not the MAYOR. People read what you post hear and then pass on INCORRECT information. People should check their facts and get it right before hitting the "Enter" button!
By Robert I Ross (250), Hampton Bays on Apr 20, 10 7:33 PM
Put brain in gear before running mouth!
By barnbabe (64), westhampton beach on Apr 21, 10 1:40 PM
No pity...what a scam artist. Good mayor or not who would ever have elected this bum if they knew how greedy he really was? Surprised he didin't work for Goldman Sachs.
By nellie (451), sag harbor on Apr 20, 10 6:40 PM
The lengths people will go to for money.

It's sad really, when your life is ruled by avaristic desires.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Apr 20, 10 7:33 PM
25 years is not long enought.
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Apr 20, 10 8:34 PM
wonder if he is selling his house...hmmmmmm
By Hambone (514), New York on Apr 20, 10 10:35 PM
His house is part of his bail - and probably will go towards restitution for the people he stole from and defrauded..

I may be wrong, and feel free to correct me......but can a Judge stay on the bench while married to a convicted Felon? Or does Mrs. Motz need to resign now?
By G (342), Southampton on Apr 21, 10 9:30 AM
The very sad part to me was the trust that my late Mother, and other members of my family misplaced in George Motz.
By Chrono (5), Cedar Grove on Apr 21, 10 11:04 AM
David from HB may have some of his facts wrong but I think the sentiment still stands. Our system is falling! That fact is, it happened on both mayors watch. Your as good as the company you keep. Our culture has become so desensitized by the overwhelming amount of spin that is bombarding us on a minute by minute basis. We don't know what to think. And with that, the blurred recognition of what is true and what has become fabricated is so grey, we can barely keep track. People(s) with an agenda (politicians) ...more
By Soundview (89), Hampton bays on Apr 21, 10 2:52 PM
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Good Luck George
By Yearround Resident (23), Southampton on Apr 25, 10 12:32 PM
This man has no shame. He flim flammed a whole lot of money out of an elederly widow who thought he always was so good to her. NOW we know why. Perhaps only a small portion of the funds he hood winked her for would be available from "reestittution" funds, but she never got over howw evil he was.
By Chrono (5), Cedar Grove on Apr 27, 10 1:23 PM
Before anyone speaks they should stop believing everything they read from biased media trying to sell newspapers. The Motz family are all kind, compassionate, hard working wonderful people who are going through a terrible time. Everything is not always as it appears and I hope you all never have to live this nightmare that their family is living. There before the grace of god go everyone so go easy on your fellow man.
By JK04 (1), Westhampton on Apr 28, 10 12:54 PM
Hey Kittric Motz, what comes around, goes around. Seems Quogue Village Officials south of Montauk Hwy., have their own Constitution by "Protecting the Established Order".Shame.
By OTISFORDSUCKS (34), Quogue on Apr 30, 10 5:10 PM
JK04: The kind, compassionate, hard working, wonderful man George Motz did indeed plead "GUILTY".
By OTISFORDSUCKS (34), Quogue on May 1, 10 9:44 AM
Chrono: "This man has no shame". Shame.
By OTISFORDSUCKS (34), Quogue on May 12, 10 9:45 AM
JK04: Go easy on your fellow man? Ok, YOU can pay back the victims!
By OTISFORDSUCKS (34), Quogue on May 15, 10 8:40 AM
JK04: Eh..., your friend George Motz did plead "GUILTY". Shame!
By OTISFORDSUCKS (34), Quogue on Jun 6, 10 7:55 PM