Convicted con men claim health, good deeds should set them free

Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 11:45pm

Two men serving lengthy prison sentences for separate fraud cases both say they have good reasons for early release.

Barry Stokes, former CEO of 1Point Solutions, is currently serving a 12 ½-year sentence for siphoning $19 million from the savings accounts of others and claims he must be released from prison to seek proper medical attention.

Gordon Grigg, sentenced last August to 120 months in prison on multiple counts of mail and wire fraud, said he should be released because “he clearly is neither a flight risk nor a danger to the community” and his appeal is “likely” to result in a shorter sentence.

Both Stokes’ and Grigg’s motions were filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

In his handwritten court filing labeled “motion to receive documents for appeal,” Stokes said doctors have discontinued his medication and he has concluded the only way he can receive the proper treatment “is to file appeal and get out [of prison].” Stokes then requested necessary documents to file for an appeal.

In his scrawl, Stokes claimed doctors in Marion, Ill., where he was transferred, discontinued his medications prescribed to him by Nashville doctors, causing him to pass out and require five days in the hospital.

Stokes goes on to write that he was told by Nashville physicians that he required care by specialists, “none of which practice in Southern Illinois.” Stokes said doctors found cancerous tumors on his thyroid and liver, and removed his thyroid but “they refused to operate on his liver as it was beyond their skill set.”

Stokes has raised medical concerns in the past to no avail.

In one of two letters sent (read them here and here) to Judge Aleta Trauger after Grigg’s sentencing, his wife Mila Grigg stepped up to the plate for her husband, citing a Nashville Post story from September that reported U.S. District Judge Robert Echols gave Stokes a reduced sentence because he cooperated with investigators and had no prior criminal history.

Mila Grigg blames her husband’s lawyer for not delivering to the judge “numerous letters” that would have provided Trauger “a clearer idea of his character, his life, his ability and his desperate desire to pay restitution.”

Had Trauger received such letters, Mila Grigg said, the judge would have learned that the Grigg she sentenced to prison “work[ed] with troubled youth in North Carolina” and “coached [soccer] teams where his own children were not playing and never charged a penny … ” — among other claims.

Mila Grigg went on to claim, “His current sentence victimizes the victims who need restitution, and it is our prayer that you hear his sentencing again. This sentence was not a just sentence based on all I know about my husband and all our attorney told us that he had submitted to you.”


6 Comments on this post:

By: bsaut on 3/9/10 at 11:51

I have no sympathy for folks that have cheated hard working people out of their hard earned money. These gentlemen deserve to serve all the time for which they were sentenced in addition to making restitution out of whatever assets they possess.

By: govskeptic on 3/10/10 at 8:32

These health claims and others by these "white collar criminals" are too often
given too much credit by the Federal Courts. The system is twisted as far as the
facilities many of these are sentenced to as well as the often short sentences
involved. These are robberies without a gun of innocent peoples hard earned

By: titm on 3/10/10 at 9:07

Just working for a living with honesty and integrity.

By: titm on 3/10/10 at 9:08

Just working for a living with honesty and integrity.

By: titm on 3/10/10 at 9:09

So sad too bad. if they would not have ripped off people they could get any medical care they needed.

Just working for a living with honesty and integrity.

By: on 3/10/10 at 9:12

Maybe we can canonize Bernie Madoff while we're at it.