âSir. Welch thought PPP was something he could use to get himself out of a hole,â his lawyer Kelly Varnes said, alluding to legal issues associated with a gambling addiction according to the proceedings. up to the judge to heed the nearly 90 days in jail served and the recommendations of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines to help Welch “get back on his feet.”
The federal prosecutor did not disagree.
“This is an atypical case, Your Honor,” said Deputy US Attorney Colin Rubich. He said the case was unusual as it would normally fall below the threshold for federally prosecuted crimes, but concerns about P3 funds were addressed.
“My concern is how we can restore Mr. Welch to a semblance of a law-abiding citizen,” said Rubich.
As the defense, Rubich said the prison sentence would be inappropriate, but argued that Welch should be considered for a maximum probation period of five years to ensure that the federal government could help him with his treatment and help him in the future by saying that a “probationary sentence will be more beneficial for us to help him.
âWe know Mr. Welch will need help,â said Rubich. “Why not maximize the time we have (to help him)? “
“It looks like you are both making the same recommendation,” Justice Christensen said before discussing the circumstances surrounding a number of other charges in several different courts in at least two states. It was the fallout from these cases that forced Welch to obtain the loan in accordance with court documents and procedure.