Lindsay Lohan’s uncle sentenced to one year in jail for 9/11 fraud

It looks like trouble with the law runs on both sides of Lindsay Lohan’s family. Her uncle Paul, 50, Dina’s brother, was just sentenced to a year in jail. Paul Sullivan was convicted of defrauding the government by getting a small business loan under the guise of fake losses suffered by his business after the 9/11 tragedy. His company provided cars for the United Nations to use overseas. He was ordered to pay back the loan to the tune of $646,000 and sentenced to a year and a day in jail.

An uncle of actress Lindsay Lohan was sentenced yesterday to a year and a day in federal prison and ordered to repay a $646,000 government agency loan after he falsely claimed his company lost business as a result of the World Trade Center’s destruction.

In addition to fraud, Paul Sullivan, 50, of Old Bethpage was also accused of obstruction of justice.

U.S. District Judge Joanna Seybert at the federal court in Central Islip sentenced Sullivan to less than the minimum 27 months suggested by federal sentencing guidelines, saying she was trying to arrive at a balance.

Seybert said she had weighed “the highly egregious nature” of Sullivan’s taking advantage of 9/11 tragedy against the pain the arrest already had caused Sullivan, his wife, three children and mother, and the fact that many cases of Small Business Administration frauds are settled civilly.

Sullivan’s lawyer, Joseph Conway of Garden City, argued before sentencing that while his client was a college graduate, he had a difficult time finding work after his arrest in 2005 and had been receiving public assistance, occasionally being employed as a security guard.

Conway said the SBA loan was not used to support “a lavish lifestyle” or to buy drugs, but unsuccessfully to try to keep Sullivan’s business afloat.

Sullivan’s former Hauppauge company, the Ropa Group, supplied vehicles to the United Nations for overseas operations.

“Since my arrest it has been extremely stressful both personally and financially,” Sullivan said. “The sadness and despair in my mother’s eyes is worse than any jail cell you may put me in.”

[From Newsday via TMZ]

Her mother also has a creative view of the truth, and has been caught fabricating her biography, including claiming to be a Rockette and to have acted in theater and on commercials – none of which can be verified.

Newsday reminds us that Lindsay’s dad Michael was convicted of assaulting his brother in law Paul – the one who is just about to get a taste of jail, his other brother in law, Matthew, and his ex wife Dina. Michael Lohan served nearly three years out of four year sentence for those charges along with DUI and was let out last Spring. It looks like Lindsay comes from a long line of liars and brawlers.

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  1. daisy424 says:

    This is obscene. What does being a college graduate have to do with leniency?
    What, he’s a better person than a non college grad who works a few jobs at once?

    What a Mother f****er. I’m outraged at this pathetic lazy loser. Hope he gets to be some 300lb inmate’s bitch for his prison term. 👿

  2. jessiee says:

    His name is Paul Sullivan, not Paul Lohan. He’s Dina’s brother — not Michael’s.

  3. Kaiser says:

    Good Lord, Daisy. It’s not like he’s made a multi-million dollar profit whoring out the tragic deaths of 3,000 Americans. Like 9ui11ani.

    This guy just profited $646,000. If he gets jailhouse sodomy, so should 9ui11ani and his cronies.

  4. Kris says:

    Lmao that whole family is crazy!

  5. princess says:

    Couldn’t agree more Daisy.
    Unfortunately he will probably be out in a couple of hours.
    WTF is wrong with this family?

    I think a serious Sterilization Program is in order. I can hear Bob Barker now…”do the right thing… have your Sullivan/ Lohan spayed or neutered.”

  6. Emily says:

    Were michael and dina kissin’ cousins or something because it is awfully weird that her brother has the same last-name as her husband.


  7. Celebitchy says:

    I screwed up the last name of the uncle, I really thought I fixed that before publishing, sorry! It’s not Lohan, it’s Sullivan.

  8. Lauri says:

    Good Lord. The more I read about this nutso family, the more I understand why Lindsay has had all the problems and issues in her life. Really, all things considered, it’s pretty amazing that she has been able to straighten herself out.

    I am a very family oriented person, but in her case, I think she would do well to stay away from everyone that she is related to.

  9. V. I. Pete says:

    Lauri.. I will let you express sympathy for me because I just don’t have any. I guess we are lucky to find them all out– now we should stay away from them. I am so sick of these people.

    Has something happened to the gruesome twosome, where is the girl who would be boy Sam? No longer in the news? The world must be changing for the better.

  10. czarina says:

    First off, I DO feel sorry for Lindsay, being surrounded by this terrible family.
    It isn’t her fault, and in fact the main harm she has ever caused has been to herself (and she has and is paying for it, if you think of where her career is now).
    As for Paul Sullivan. What kind of person tries to cash in and take advantage of the tragic deaths of hundreds of people? Sickening. I hope he goes to jail and rots.
    (yes, my attempt at the new “trying to be better and less judgmental person” has given way to the “trying to quit smoking and willing to lash out at strangers” person. Hopefully in a few weeks I will have regained my equalibrium. In the meantime, better to take out my bad mood on nasty pieces of work like Michael Lohan and Paul Sullivan than anyone I actually know!!LOL)

  11. Codzilla says:

    So that makes Lindsay, Michael and uncle Paul who have mugshots (that we know of). Who’s next? Dina for coke possession? Ali for underage drinking? Cody for vandalizing Michael’s girlfriend’s car? The possibilities are endless!

  12. gg says:

    Good luck to you on the quitting smoking, czarina. You’re doing the right thing. 😀 It’s hard but definitely worth the trouble.

  13. JMC says:

    “This is obscene. What does being a college graduate have to do with leniency?
    What, he’s a better person than a non college grad who works a few jobs at once?”

    That is not at all what the article said. It meant that despite having a degree, which usually makes getting a job easier, he still had trouble finding one.

    Anyway, what a sicko. Too bad he’ll never know the pain the families of 9/11 victims feel…that would be justice.

  14. czarina says:

    gg: Thanks! I went through the cutting down stage and am at the cold turkey point. Unfortunately, I am also on vacation at the moment, and wihtout the distraction of work it’s a lot harder.
    But my kids really want me to quit and I want to set a good example for them, so I am very motivated.

  15. daisy424 says:

    JMC; My point,
    “Sullivan’s lawyer, Joseph Conway of Garden City, argued before sentencing that while his client was a college graduate, he had a difficult time finding work after his arrest in 2005 and had been receiving public assistance, occasionally being employed as a security guard.”

    His lawyer was pointing out that even though he had an education, he had to stoop to work as a security guard, to gain sympathy from the judge, (awww poor guy) to justify his crimes to gain leniency in sentencing.

    I think we agree he is a poor excuse for a human.

  16. Victoria says:

    GO…GO….GO..GO..GO.. CZARINA.. YOU CAN DO IT……. My mother stopped almost 19 years now, cold turkey, and the first 2 to 3 weeks were the worse… She did it because my 9 year old son at that time, who had leukemia, asked her to stop. ( he passed away 11-29-89 ) He called her ” guma” and she had smoked since she was 17 years old. Later she told me that when she looked down at his litle bald head, he said ” guma, if you want cancer that bad, you can have mine ” because St. Jude can’t fix it. ( the hospital in memphis ).This was 7 months before he passed away, and she STOPPED that day. She cleaned the entire house, including curtains, carpet, threw ashtrays away, and when she could not rid the smell from her car, she traded it. And has never looked back. In honor of her Grandson. So you go girl…… I only told you this, because it is the best for YOU and your CHILDREN….. In honor of YOURSELVES, and a healthy life…….

  17. Victoria says:

    Oh, and I forgot, on Paul Sullivan, he should have thought about his ” mothers despair and sad eyes ” as he was going about committing his fraud… Maybe then he would not be in this mess. I wonder who will cough up the $$$$$.. Dina ? Lindsay ? I’m sure someone in that messed up family will bail him out. They usually do in the long run.

  18. paris herpes says:

    She looks about 45 in that top picture, EGADS! Someone needs to moisturize and put some cucumber slices on those eyes. Or maybe stay home and watch The L Word or something! Her whole family is messed up!

  19. czarina says:

    Victoria: Thank you so much for the encouraging words and truly inspirational story. I am so deeply sorry for you son’s loss (he sounds terrific). I am always amazed by the courage of parents who have lost a child, and also by how inspiring and IMPORTANT a child’s life can be to others no matter how short.
    My temper is still touch-and-go (LOL), although my resolve is staying firm.
    I will definately keep your son’s words in mind if I feel weak in the future.