CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – A former state representative from North Charleston was sentenced to five years probation for mail fraud Friday.
Robert Kohn, a state representative in 1990, could have spent the next 20 years in prison, but instead was sentenced to five years probation, three of which will be home confinement. Kohn also agreed to pay $40,000 of restitution. He was convicted of mail fraud in July 2010.
In 2002, Robert Kohn plotted with a Summerville company to get lower worker's comp rates. The deal saved the company nearly $400,000 in premiums, but was against the law.
Kohn, 65, was a state House member in 1990 when he became a target in the FBI's corruption sting of the legislature known as "Operation Lost Trust." He eventually cooperated with federal agents in bringing down other lawmakers and was later sentenced to more than a year in prison. The new case is unrelated to Lost Trust.