these years, the loan solicitations which carried out this scheme to defraud.
I think Mr. LaRouche clearly was the leader of this organization and the leader of this scheme to defraud as well. While it was carried out through others, they were acting at his direction. And throughout this time, while the organization said they were unable to repay loans, while the organization was draining away the life savings of so many people, Mr. LaRouche in fact lived quite well. He lived on an estate which I know the Court saw photographs of. He had a budget of a couple of thousand dollars a week to pay for the expenses of that estate and also to pay for his personal maintenance. So while others were losing their life savings, Mr. LaRouche was living quite well, and of course as the Court knows, he wasn't paying taxes on the money he was getting. See LaRouche Personal Financial Disclosure
In this case as I think in any case it's important for the Court to look at the defendant's remorse and the defendant's acceptance of responsibility. I think what we have seen here this morning as we saw throughout the case, was in particular Mr. LaRouche's absolute inability to accept his responsibility for what took place here, his absolute inability to show anything like remorse.
During the trial, the defendants sought to shift the blame for the failures of their loan program to others. At some points it was shifted to a bank in New Jersey that had