Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

'American Gangster' Prosecutor Sentenced to Probation

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

'American Gangster' Prosecutor Sentenced to Probation

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NEWARK — Richard "Richie" Roberts, the former Essex County assistant prosecutor famous for helping take down Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas in the 1970s, was sentenced to three years' probation Thursday for failing to pay his taxes, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Roberts, 80, of Bloomfield, pleaded guilty in federal court in April to one count each of failing to pay payroll taxes and failing to pay personal income taxes, according to a statement from Craig Carpenito, the U.S. attorney.

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Esther Salas sentenced Roberts to probation, 10 months of home confinement and 100 hours of community service, the statement said. Salas also ordered Roberts to pay $224,962 in restitution.

Roberts, whose law license is suspended, was represented by Lisa Mack, an assistant federal public defender. …

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