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Convicted Jefferies trader can stay out of prison, for now

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There is hope for convicted traders, yet.

Because an appeals court predicts the conviction of an ex-Jefferies trader will be tossed out, he can stay out of federal prison during his appeal process.

In an unusual move, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals said on Friday that Jesse C. Litvak’s conviction is likely to be overturned. So he can stay at home – or wherever else he wants to be for the time being.

Earlier this year, Litvak was sentenced to two years in prison, after a Connecticut jury convicted him on 15 criminal counts, which include 10 counts of securities fraud.

The case was closely watched by traders and banks, The Wall Street Journal reported.

His sentence, unless it is reversed, also included him paying a $1.75 million fine. But The Journal reported prosecutors had tried to get Litvak sentenced to nine years in prison, and pay a much heftier $5 million fine.

The New York Times also reported he is the only person convicted of fraud over the government’s bailout of Wall Street.

In March, the former senior trader was found guilty of deceiving customers about the price of mortgage-backed securities. Litvak’s clients included those managing funds which were part of the Treasury Department’s Troubled Asset Relief Program, The Times reported. The government therefore became a victim of his crime, prosecutors claimed.

But the appeals court recognized that his attorneys raised “a substantial question of law or fact likely to result in” a reversal, The Times said.

In July, Patrick Smith, who was one of the attorneys representing Litvak, commented to the media, “When the government asks for nine years, to leave with a sentence of only two years is definitely a cause for gratitude.” The plea for leniency was helped by 114 letters sympathetic to Litvak that were presented to a federal judge.

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A state college located in Purchase, NY, down the road from an airport, which is located in a New York City suburb, is raising money by transporting passengers to and from the airport.

Purchase College runs a 24-hour valet parking and shuttle service for airline passengers using the Westchester County Airport.

The service charges $10 a day. That compares to the airport charging $28.80 for 24 hours’ worth of parking.

So far in 2014, the service has parked 12,600 cars. The service clears about $80,000 a year for the college, with money going for scholarships, capital improvements and grants.

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