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U.S. Attorney to Appeal Sentence of Former WalMart Exec Tom Coughlin

In the ongoing saga of Walmart executive Tom Coughlin, we only recently reported that Couglin was sentenced to home confinement after pleading guilty to charges that he defrauded the company by submitting fake invoices. 

The latest update, reported yesterday by the White Collar Crime Prof (WCCP) blog (see here), is an announcement by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Arkansas that it will appeal the sentence.  According to the WCCP blog, while the Federal Sentencing Guidelines called for a sentence in the 24-30 month range, U.S. District Judge Robert Dawson sentenced Coughlin to 27 months of home confinement based on his findings that Coughlin's serious health issues warranted home confinement, and that his charitable works and the effect of his guilty plea on his standing in the community, among other things, were sufficient punishment and that a prison term was not necessary to fulfill the goals of sentencing.

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