'American Gangster' prosecutor avoids prison time in tax case

Richard “Richie” Roberts, the former Essex County assistant prosecutor who helped convict Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas of drug-trafficking crimes, was sentenced to three years’ probation Thursday after pleading guilty to federal tax crimes, prosecutors announced.

His sentence will include 10 months of home confinement, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said in a statement. Roberts’ attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday afternoon.

Roberts, 80, of Bloomfield, pleaded guilty in April before U.S. District Judge Esther Salas in Newark to failing to pay his personal income taxes and to pay the employer’s portion of …read more

Source: NJ.com Essex

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