Two weeks after being found guilty on all counts of a 21-count indictment featuring two counts of violating the (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) RICO Act and 19 counts of converting funds collected for the benefit of the state, Mike Cash, Sr. was sentenced Friday to 20 years to serve eight in prison. The balance is to be served on probation. He was also given a fine of $50,000.
Alcovy Circuit Superior Court Judge Samuel D. Ozburn delivered the sentence to Cash in a Walton County Superior Court room after convening at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 1, 2017 and listening to five people speak on behalf of Cash, including Cash himself. Emotional testimony was given by his son, Michael John Cash, Jr. , his daughter, Kimberly Cash Malcom, and two sisters. In the end, however, Ozburn passed the sentence saying that he did not see that Cash himself took responsibility for his actions and that he had been found guilty by a jury of his peers. For purposes of sentencing, all the counts merged into the one count under the RICO Act. Cash’s attorney, Brett Mizerak, had requested to file a motion for a new trial, but Ozburn denied the motion.
Cash’s wife, and co-owner of the businesses that operated in Monroe as Mike Cash Office Products, Deborah Cash, was sentenced last year after pleading guilty to one count of violating the state Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. She is currently in a state woman’s prison and is scheduled for release by Dec. 10, 2020 at the latest. Mike Cash, Sr, had remained in Walton County Detention Center pending Friday’s sentencing since his conviction two weeks ago.