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North Salem Supervisor Reacts To Predecessor's 10-Year Prison Sentence

Paul Greenwood's former mansion in North Salem, which was the main house of his estate, was recently sold at auction.
Paul Greenwood's former mansion in North Salem, which was the main house of his estate, was recently sold at auction. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. -- North Salem Supervisor Warren Lucas was present at the federal courthouse in Manhattan when his predecessor, Paul Greenwood was handed down a 10-year prison sentence.

Greenwood resigned in 2009 after his legal situation came to light, and was succeeded by Lucas, who estimated that 68 people, not including the defendant or his attorneys, were at the sentencing.

Those who came for the sentencing, according to Lucas, included Greenwood's family members, North Salem residents and members of the press.

Greenwood, along with business partner Stephen Walsh, was indicted in 2009. They were accused of defrauding investors in their financial companies. Greenwood pleaded guilty in 2010 while Walsh entered a guilty plea earlier this year. In October, Walsh was sentenced to 20 years in prison, according to published reports.

In November, Greenwood's former estate was put up for auction. The estate's three homes were sold separately and for a total of $3 million, according to Lohud.

The current supervisor, who served on the Town Board with Greenwood for 15 months and knew him for years, said he feels sorry for his family. He also recalled Greenwood's local activity, including involvement with the library and a church.

Lucas, saying there are "two sides" to people, not only mentioned Greenwood's admission but things he did to help others, based on what was learned during the legal process. The examples include Greenwood helping to pay people's mortgages, college education and medical bills.

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