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Former Court Assistant Sentenced to 40 Months' Imprisonment for Possession of Child Pornography and Social Security Fraud

May 15, 2008

LAMONT REEVES, a former court assistant at the criminal division of New York County Supreme Court in Manhattan, was sentenced today to 40 months’ imprisonment on child pornography and social security fraud charges. The sentencing proceeding was held before United States District Court Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis, at the U.S. Courthouse in Brooklyn, New York. REEVES was arrested on July 20, 2006, following an investigation conducted by the Social Security Administration and the Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force.

The sentence was announced by Benton J. Campbell, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

As set forth in the pleadings and other papers filed by the government, during a routine audit in July 2006, law enforcement discovered that social security payments were still being made to REEVES’s father, who had died in February 1997. Further investigation revealed that for nine years after his father’s death, REEVES stole monthly social security payments made payable to his father in the total amount of approximately $99,000. When interviewed at his apartment by Special Agents of the Social Security Administration and the Secret Service, REEVES consented to a search of his computer equipment and video discs, which contained images of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

REEVES pleaded guilty to the social security fraud charge on November 15, 2006, and to the child pornography possession charge on October 15, 2007.

The government’s case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel A. Spector.

The Defendant:

Age: 49

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