Before tax consultant Dale H. Durley was sentenced for giving $672,406 in kickbacks to an Eastman Kodak Co. executive, he apologized for the "foolish, foolish thing I did."
, 71, of Columbus, Ohio, said his
crime brought great shame to him and his
family, caused his
business to fail and ruined him financially because he
had to borrow money to settle a lawsuit by Kodak
"I've already apologized to Kodak for putting them through what no one should have to go through," he said.
Although Durley faced up to two years in prison, U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer sentenced him Tuesday to three years' probation, citing Durley's age, declining health, cooperation with federal authorities from the time the scheme was discovered, and his payment to Kodak that the judge said amounted to "hundreds of thousands of dollars."
Durley pleaded guilty in 2005 to a felony charge of conspiracy to commit fraud and aided prosecutors in an investigation that led to convictions of two Kodak executives, the Greece assessor and a prominent commercial property appraiser in a kickback scheme centering on the appraisal and assessment of Kodak property in Greece.
admitted paying kickbacks from April 2001 to February 2005 to executive Mark S. Camarata in exchange for contracts to help Kodak
reduce its state personal property and sales and use taxes, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard A. Resnick.
Larimer also ordered Durley
to pay a $5,000 fine and perform 200 hours of community service in the Columbus area.
After the kickback scheme came to light, Kodak
sued 24 defendants, including Durley