P.S., I'm innocent: GOP donor's plea deal falls apart over secret scribble in Farsi
An attempt to secretly assert innocence in a plea deal on fraud charges could cost a former California GOP donor five more years in prison than originally agreed upon.
Gilbert resident Farzaneh Akhavi admitted defrauding six people out of $1.2 million. She took a deal last year that would have gotten her no more three years in prison.
But Akhavi added a Farsi postscript to court records that caused a judge to toss out her plea agreement: Translated, it read "Innocent."
Akhavi this week signed a new plea deal without the Farsi flourish that could send her to prison for eight... read more
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