NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has refused to postpone a sentencing hearing for a former company executive who has asked to withdraw his guilty plea to embezzling nearly $1 million from his ex-employer.
Mark Titus, former chief operating officer of New Orleans-based Garner Services, had asked for more time to prepare for Wednesday's hearing. U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle rejected his request on Tuesday.
Prosecutors are recommending a 60-month prison sentence for Titus. Titus has asked Lemelle for permission to withdraw his guilty plea to a conspiracy charge, claiming prosecutors have reneged on a verbal agreement not to seek forfeiture of his assets.
His brother-in-law, Dominick Fazzio, also is charged in the case. Titus and Fazzio allegedly conspired to fraudulently bill Garner Services for work that was never performed.