Prison recommended for former Global Express Capital CEO

The federal probation department is recommending that the judge sentence Connie Farris, former chief executive officer of failed Global Express Capital Corp., to 11 years and eight months in prison for fraud and related crimes.

Defense attorney Todd Leventhal disclosed the recommendation in an affidavit filed March 4 which accompanied his second motion for postponement of sentencing.

Leventhal, who was appointed to represent Farris in December, said he was representing another client in a five-week jury trial and needed time to review the pre-sentencing report.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Pugh opposed the delay, and Chief U.S. District Judge Roger Hunt denied the defense attorney's request. Hunt is expected to sentence Farris at 10 a.m. Friday.

Prior to a jury trial last fall, Farris obtained about 10 delays of the trial, often complaining of medical problems.

A jury found her guilty of 57 counts of mail fraud and aiding and abetting at Global Express.