Leniency Sought for Petters Whistleblower
Prosecutors are seeking a lenient sentence for the woman who blew the whistle on Minnesota businessman Tom Petters’ alleged $3.7 billion Ponzi scheme. Prosecutors say Deanna Coleman’s assistance was critical to ending the fraud and bringing the participants to justice. They’re suggesting a downward departure from a 5 year sentence. But defense attorney Alan Caplan told WCCO’s Esme Murphy his client should spend no time behind bars, considering it was she she who exposed the scheme, risking her property and personal freedom in the process. Coleman will be sentenced September 2nd.