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Former Nassau legislator David Denenberg begins serving prison sentence

Nassau Legis. David Denenberg leaves federal court in

Nassau Legis. David Denenberg leaves federal court in Central Islip on Nov. 14, 2014. Credit: Ed Betz

Former Nassau County Legis. David Denenberg, who pleaded guilty in June to bilking a law firm client out of $2.3 million, has begun serving a 90-day prison sentence at a minimum security New Jersey federal correctional center, court records show.

Denenberg, 52, a Democrat from Merrick, reported to Fort Dix, a prison in Burlington County, on Aug. 24.

He was originally scheduled to report to prison on Sept. 1, but in a June 21 letter to U.S. District Court Judge Joanna Seybert, Denenberg's attorney, Jason Russo, asked that he begin his sentence a week earlier "due to family matters."

Russo said Denenberg believed "there was no reason to delay and that he should get started facing the music . . . He was in a good frame of mind. He's prepared to do what he has to do."

The minimum-security prison, located on the Fort Dix/McGuire Air Force Base, has 4,665 male inmates.

Denenberg pleaded guilty in January to eight felony counts of mail fraud for bilking Systemax, a Port Washington electronics retailer, out of millions in legal services that were never rendered between 2006 and 2014. Denenberg repaid the client $872,000. Denenberg resigned his 19th Legislative District seat, which was later won by Republican Steven Rhoads.

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