Attorney and clerk who steered referrals sentenced

A former federal courtroom clerk and a legal protection law firm obtained prison terms Monday for a lengthy-working scheme in which the clerk steered defendants to the lawyer in exchange for hard cash payments.

The clerk, Dionisio Figueroa, was sentenced to two years in federal jail and the lawyer, Telesforo Del Valle Jr., acquired a single 12 months and a day in different proceedings at which U.S. District Judge Mae D’Agostino mentioned they had abused their positions out of greed.

U.S. Lawyer Damian Williams explained the two adult males “betrayed prison defendants, the public, and people who count on the court to stay impartial.”

“The public depends on attorneys and court docket staff members to keep and validate its faith in our criminal justice program,” Williams said in a assertion. “By their actions, Del Valle and Figueroa undermined the reasonable administration of justice and the function of the quite a few good men and women in the courthouse who serve the prison justice system with honesty and integrity. Let these sentences serve as a warning to all those who search for to pervert justice for particular acquire.”