Michael Gral, a former partner in the law firm Michael Best & Friedrich has been sentenced in the Bielinski Brothers fraud and conspiracy case. Gral pleaded guilty to mail fraud for his role in the fraud perpetrated by Bob Brownell, the former CEO of Bielinski Brothers. He received two years of prison followed by probation, and will pay $4.2 million to Bielinski Brothers. The payment to the company includes $1.7 million in restitution and $2.5 million in damages, and will be paid over four years. He is the eighth person to plead guilty to participating in the fraud which cost the company at least $20 million.
Last week’s scheduled sentencing of former Bielinski Brothers CEO Robert Brownell was postponed after he was allegedly mugged outside his home a few days prior. Federal prosecutors now say that the mugging was staged by Brownell, who had his 14 year-old son hit him with a board.
Brownell pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and could be sentenced to as much as 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines. The fraud scheme allegedly masterminded by Brownell caused losses to Bielinski Brothers estimated at $10 million.