Those two sides of Zherka will remain cooped up together a while longer, after the Somers resident was sentenced Tuesday to 37 months in prison on fraud charges.
The year-old will serve three years of supervised release following his release from prison. Zherka's sentencing came almost four months after he admitted to conspiring to make false statements to a bank and filing materially false tax returns with the IRS. The charges against Zherka, a publisher, strip club owner and political operative, were tied to commercial real estate and other business interests.
The father of eight has been jailed since his arraignment in September after having been denied bail. Prosecutors had asked Seibel not to show leniency to Zherka, who faced up to five years in prison.
His attorneys asked for 20 months in prison, citing the harsh conditions he had already endured while being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan. Seibel received numerous letters from people who wrote of Zherka's generosity, which included helping his parents and siblings transition from the former Yugoslavia to the United States. Seibel said that's why it's a shame Zherka did not conduct his business honestly, instead carrying out a "breathtaking string of lies.
The scheme dated back to Decemberwhen Zherka and his partners intended to fraudulently purchase or refinance Tennessee apartment complexes. Zherka also filed fraudulent tax returns that overstated depreciation expenses and understated his capital gains, reducing his tax liabilities.
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