Feds seek 7-year term for Trail-hiking fugitive
CINCINNATI (AP) – Federal prosecutors want a prison term of more than seven years for a Kentucky accountant who spent much of six years as a fugitive in an $8.7 million embezzlement case hiking the Appalachian Trail.
James Hammes (HAM’-uhs) last year at age 53 pleaded guilty to wire fraud and agreed to pay back millions diverted from his employer, a Cincinnati-based Pepsi-Cola bottler.
U.S. District Judge Susan J. Dlott (Duh’-LAHT) has scheduled sentencing for June 22.
She warned Hammes she could impose the maximum of 20 years.
The U.S. attorney’s office says in a sentencing memo viewed Wednesday by The Associated Press that 87 months is high under guidelines, but it cites the large amount of money involved and that Hammes fled.
His attorney didn’t respond immediately to a comment request.
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