Martin Hutcheson and his daughter Brittanie
Martin Hutcheson cried in court.
He said that he wanted to live a simple life and was not prepared for the great recession.
His victims told a different story.
They said Mr. Hutcheson, age 55, was a fraud who preyed on the religious and pretended to invest their money. Instead, he never made a profit for anyone but himself, and bilked investors out of $1.4 million.
The judge in the case said Mr. Hutcheson has a criminal record dating from 1981 for theft, drunken driving and cocaine sales and he took no responsibility for his most recent crime.
He was sentenced to 12 years in prison for securities fraud.
But that’s not the part of the story that’s interesting.
His daughter, Brittanie Hutcheson, age 28, was in court asking the judge to be lenient on her father and not sentence him to very much prison time.
She said he was an an "amazing dad".
And then she was arrested.
It seems she had a warrant out for her arrest on forgery, theft and identity theft charges. She also has a criminal history that includes felonies for methamphetamine-related charges.
Father and daughter did get to ride together to jail.
Ms. Hutcheson was released after she posted bond.
Presumably she has a trial of her own in the future.
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