Ex- York Co. Councilman Lindemann out of federal prison

adys@heraldonline.comApril 22, 2013 

— Although Paul Lindemann’s 18-month federal prison term is not scheduled to end until Monday, the former York County councilman has been out of a federal cell since February, according to prison officials.

Prison officials won’t say where the former rising star of York County Republican politics, who tried to scam a million dollars from a bank at the height of America’s mortgage crisis, is or where he will live after Monday.

Lindemann, 33, pleaded guilty in 2011 to lying about having a $35,000 monthly income on a mortgage application so he could buy a million-dollar Tega Cay mansion then flip it to make a profit.

He also has pleaded guilty to the January 2012 drunken driving charge that speeded up his imprisonment on the federal charge, court records show.

Lindemann’s guilty plea for drunken driving, entered by affidavit while he was still in prison, according to prosecutors, was a plea deal because the prosecution’s case had some problems. He was sentenced to time served on the drunken driving conviction – he had been in jail for more than two months before being sent to federal prison – and by Monday will be free to start his life over.

He still will face three years of probation and owe almost $315,000 in restitution.

Lindemann was 26 in 2006 when elected to the York County Council, representing Fort Mill for the first of two 2-year terms. But his political career was derailed by a drunken driving arrest in 2008 in Columbia.

He later pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of driving with unlawful alcohol concentration, faced civil lawsuits claiming he did not pay thousands of dollars in property deal debts, foreclosure, and then the federal mortgage fraud conviction.

Lindemann was soundly defeated in a 2010 primary re-election bid before pleading guilty to the bank scam.

Then, while waiting to be sentenced for his federal crimes in January 2012, Lindemann was again arrested for DUI after crashing into a mailbox in Fort Mill’s Baxter Village. He had been granted an extension to report to jail after his guilty plea because his wife was expecting to give birth in February 2012.

He also asked a probation agent if he could take a quick trip to Las Vegas before heading off to jail.

U.S. District Court Judge Cameron Currie ordered Lindemann jailed after the crash and DUI charge. He started his federal sentence in early April 2012 after a court hearing in which Currie said Lindemann broke the conditions of his bond by excessively using alcohol.

The judge also said Lindemann’s prior DUI infractions showed he was “a danger to the community,” and she chastised him for his behavior.

Federal prison

Lindemann will finish his sentence in less than 18 months because of time credits earned while in custody, prison officials said. He had been incarcerated at the Bennettsville federal prison since last year, according to Chris Burke, a spokesman for the federal Bureau of Prisons.

On Feb. 5, he was sent to a halfway house under the supervision of the federal prison administrative office in Raleigh, N.C. He then was assigned to home confinement on March 8. Burke said prison officials would not release the address where Lindemann is staying.

Lindemann had lived in the Baxter Village area of Fort Mill before he was imprisoned. The person who lives at the address that Lindemann gave when arrested in 2012 said Monday the house has changed hands twice since Lindemann owned it.

April 29 is the date that Lindemann will officially be finished with his prison sentence, Burke said, but Lindemann also faces three years of probation and must pay restitution of $314,750.

Efforts to reach Langdon Long, the assistant federal public defender who represented Lindemann on the federal charges, were unsuccessful Monday.

Drunken driving arrests and convictions

In the January 2012 case, troopers charged Lindemann with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident in Baxter Village after he allegedly fled to another home in eastern Fort Mill. He refused to take sobriety tests and claimed not to be the driver of the crashed car.

Assistant Sixth Circuit Solicitor John Shiflet said Monday there were “some issues” with the evidence in the DUI case, including that Lindemann was not at the scene of the crash when he was arrested. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss the higher-level charge and that Lindemann would plead guilty to DUI first offense in magistrate court in Fort Mill, Shiflet said.

Lindemann was sentenced to time served because he had been in state custody from January 2012, when Judge Currie sent him to jail until he was to report to federal prison in April 2012, Shiflet said.

As a result of his plea, Shiflet said, Lindemann’s driving privileges will be revoked.

Court records show Brian Murphy as Lindemann’s lawyer in the DUI case. Murphy would not confirm or deny that and had no comment.

Andrew Dys •  803-329-4065

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