Dr. Francis was charged with defrauding the Flint Michigan School District out of thousands of dollars. He was employed as a manager of several departments and employed dozens of persons. His guideline range recommended a federal prison sentence of two to three years.
Mr. Seitles explained that Mr. Francis admitted to his participation in the offense even prior to the filing of criminal charges. Without notice to Mr. Francis’ former counsel or to Mr. Francis, he was then indicted and held without bond. Mr. Seitles persuasively argued that Mr. Francis was treated unfairly especially in light of his early acceptance of responsibility and agreement to repay the funds stolen.
Mr. Francis was sentenced to five years probation with12 months of home-confinement.