J. Fitzgerald O’Connor, Jr., 64, of Columbia was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Columbia for money laundering and conspiracy to commit mail fraud, U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles announced Friday.
U.S. District Judge Margaret B. Seymour sentenced O’Connor to two years in prison and ordered him to pay $483,250 in restitution and to forfeit certain assets as a part of his sentence.
O’Connor pleaded guilty in August and admitted to being involved in a conspiracy to liquidate and conceal monies and property which had been stolen by a former client, William J. Trier II, from his employer, Dixie Narco. O’Connor’s law partner, Michael D. Shavo, 40, of Columbia, was sentenced on Tuesday to five years of probation for lying to federal law enforcement agents. Shavo pleaded guilty in September. One other attorney involved in the same scheme, John W. Harte Jr., of Aiken, was previously sentenced to one year and one day of imprisonment.
Trier pleaded guilty to mail fraud and money laundering in April 2008 and was sentenced to 63 months of imprisonment and ordered to pay $5.27 million in restitution and to forfeit millions of dollars in assets.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Postal Inspection Service and the Internal Revenue Service.