50 years in federal prison and $1.85 million in fines could be the max for former CIETC CEO Ramona Cunningham. Of course, there's no way she will serve the maximum. U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker figured she would get between 7 and 10 years since she avoided trial and admitted guilt. But, of course, it is all up to one man, U.S. District Judge Robert Pratt. He gets to decide the sentence. He doesn't have to send her to prison at all.
What is "fair?" Prosecutors say Cunningham was likely the mastermind that hosed taxpayers out of about $1.5 million or so. BTW, Whitaker said he won't use Cunningham to try to nail anyone else in this case. It's over, he says. Over, except for the sentencing.
Seven to 10 years...is that enough for what Cunningham did? Should she have to pay fines, too? Should she have to pay back taxpayers for the money that should have helped Iowans find jobs? What about restitution and fines? What is fair?