Sonya Arrington to Appear in Federal Court Monday for Sentencing in Fraud Case
Former Erie City Council president Sonya Arrington will appear in federal court Monday afternoon for sentencing after pleading guilty to fraud charges.
Sonya Arrington, 53, was originally set to be sentenced in February, but U.S. District Judge David Cercone rescheduled it for 2 p.m. Monday.
Her attorney Leonard Ambrose filed a document in February asking the judge to consider "a sentence no greater than house arrest in light of her health and medical conditions."
Arrington entered a guilty plea to a count of wire fraud and a count of submitting false writing or document to the U.S. government as part of an agreement with prosecutors Oct. 6. She also agreed to pay restitution.
Sentencing guidelines call for Arrington to spend 27-33 months in prison, according to the sentencing memorandum filed by prosecutors. They also said she is not eligible for a sentence that consists of only probation or home confinement and argued against a sentence of just one day in jail or a similar sentence to get around the requirement.
Arrington was indicted in 2018 on federal charges for stealing $70,000 from the non-profit she founded - Mothers Against Teen Violence (MATV). Federal warrants said Arrington admitted to taking the money. Much of it was allegedly used to cover gambling losses at Presque Isle Downs and Casino.
She was also charged with two counts of illegally receiving nearly $30,000 in Social Security disability payments.
She finished her term on Erie City Council despite the criminal charges and did not seek re-election.