Former Councilmember Chaim Deutsch sentenced to 3 months for tax fraud


Former southern Brooklyn Councilmember Chaim Deutsch was sentenced Thursday to 3 months in prison and 1 year of supervised release, along with $107,000 restitution to the government and a $5,500 fine in relation to federal tax fraud charges.

The former pol appeared alongside his attorney, family, and friends before US Magistrate Judge James Cott at Manhattan federal District Court to face sentencing, after pleading guilty in April to evading nearly $83,000 in taxes he owed between 2013 and 2015 as the owner of real estate firm Chasa Management. The charges against Deutsch carried maximum penalties of up to a year in prison, a year of supervised release, and a fine of $100,000. Deutsch’s attorney, Henry Mazurek, had asked that he be sentenced to probation, community service, and restitution of the tax liability plus about $25,000 in interest.