Renzi Asks For Delay In Prison Start Date

January 01, 2014

A former member of the state’s congressional delegation is asking for a delay in the date he is to report to prison. 

Former 1st District Republican Rep. Rick Renzi is asking a judge to let him wait until Jan. 13 to report to prison to begin serving a sentence for his convictions on public corruption, money launder and other charges.  Renzi is currently due to report on Monday.

His lawyers are asking for the week-long delay to give the judge a chance to rule on pending requests for Renzi to remain free on bail, while he appeals his convictions.

Renzi was accused of using his office for personal financial gain and looting a family insurance business to help pay for his 2002 campaign. He represented the sprawling 1st District from early 2003 until early 2009.  Renzi chose not to run for re-election in 2008, a time when he was facing the federal indictment.