It’s not unusual for embattled elected officials to pay off mounting legal bills by dipping into campaign funds, and Carl Kruger is no different. But, aside from the $1.42 million the disgraced pol paid out for his criminal defense, Kruger also paid thousands to prepare for years behind bars.
City & State reports that Kruger spent $7,500 the day before he pled guilty on Jack T. Donson, a federal prison consultant.
According to Donson’s website, he offers “proper pre-incarceration consultation” to prepare offenders for incarceration. He also analyzes sentences for “accuracy,” and researches program eligibility for furlough programs, as well as services that can reduce a sentence, like the Residential Drug Treatment Program.
It’s widely believed that Kruger only pleaded guilty once he had helped ensure that his close personal associate Michael Turano would receive a reduced sentence, a role that Donson may have helped evaluate for the former state senator.
Aside from the prison consultant, Kruger also paid out $25,000 to financial planners at Salomon and Company. Those funds may go to help figure out how Kruger will pay the $900,000 in restitution he’s expected to incur – especially since, when you count up all the bills paid, Kruger only has a smidge over $400,000 left in his accounts, according to the Daily News.