International playboy and art dealer Hillel Nahmad was sentenced to one year in federal prison for his role in a high-stakes gambling ring with suspected ties to reputed gangsters as reported by Bloomberg: "Nahmad acknowledged during his plea in November that he was the leader and organizer of the gaming business, the primary source of financing and was entitled to a substantial share of the ring's profits."
Sentencing judge Jesse Furman rejected Nahmad's plea for community service -- the rich boy wanted to teach art history to homeless kids -- instead of prison time:
Furman said he was "stunned" by the request by Nahmad's defense team, saying, "to sentence him to something he professes to love and allow his family's wealth to bail him out would not be punishment. It would not promote respect for the law, it would breed contempt for the law."
Nahmad is represented by criminal defense lawyer Benjamin Brafman who previously insisted on his client's innocence as previously reported by Vivian Yee for The New York Times:
"We do not believe that Mr. Nahmad has knowingly violated the law." He also said, "We anticipate that he will be fully exonerated."
Apparently Mr. Brafman was wrong about that.