Convicted New Forest trader set for US prison argues against sentence on coronavirus grounds
LAWYERS acting for a Burley trader convicted of a £3.5bn energy deal fraud in the US are claiming he should not to go prison there because of the coronavirus.
Mark Johnson’s legal team told a US court hearing he should be given a compassionate reduction to his two-year sentence. They add medical issues place Mr Johnson in a high risk category if he would get Covid-19 while serving time.
Mr Johnson is due to fly to the US to report to prison in late March 2021 after his latest bids appealing his convictions and sentence were rebuffed by the US Supreme Court.
As reported in the A&T, the former HSBC foreign currency executive was given a two-year jail sentence and $300,000 fine in April 2018, having been found guilty by a jury of nine counts of fraud and one of conspiracy at a high-profile trial in New York.
Mr Johnson went to prison for a few weeks after the verdicts but was released on his appeal.
During his banking career Mr Johnson worked in London and New York while living in Burley with his children and wife, Diane.
He played several seasons with Ellingham and Ringwood Rugby Club, making appearances for the first XV and on occasion captained the third team.