THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. BISARIA, ET AL
FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT, NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
Steve Lewis wa indicted for submitting fake invoices to help a hotel owner, Atul Bisaria, collect $16 million from two now-defunct banks. Lewis owns an interior design firm in Florida that specializes in hotel renovations. Atul Bisaria fled the country and is now on the run from Interpol and the FBI somewhere in India.
While preparing for trial, Attorney Ambrose was able to reach a deal with the United States Attorney's Office to get a plea deal. He then advocated for Lewis in the sentencing stage in order to reduce the sentence to a much lower amount than most bank fraud cases of this magnitude.
Though the government requested that Lewis spend three years in prison for the crime, U.S. District Judge John Z. Lee said six months in a low-security federal prison was enough “to impress upon Mr. Lewis respect for the law.”
“He’ll probably do 4½ months and get out,” Ambrose told Law360.
Attorney Ambrose also told Law360 that he was happy that the Judge agreed to ask the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to let Lewis serve the sentence near his home in Palm Beach, Florida.