Tom Murtha, a Distinguished Professor of Management at Opus College of Business
Tom has over 25 years of experience in corporate and individual tax preparation, business valuation, accounting/bookkeeping services, as well as publishing several works.
He is currently serving his sentence at Ashland Federal Correctional Institution in Kentucky and does not meet CDC criteria as being “vulnerable” to novel coronavirus infections.
Early Life and Education
Tom was an active member of Mensa and tireless advocate for poverty, social justice and world peace. His passions included poetry, art and baseball – as well as being dedicated members of Sacred Heart Church in Camden NJ where he founded a prison ministry program with Carole.
He graduated from Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 1985, working initially as an associate veterinarian before opening Harvard Veterinary Medical Services; it closed for good in 2010. From 1987 through 2009 he surgically treated injured racing greyhounds to prepare them for adoption into homes while volunteering at Lancaster Shelter in Massachusetts.
Tom Murtha graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1985 as a small animal veterinarian and has practiced in several hospitals as well as owning his own practice in Lancaster Massachusetts. Additionally, he founded and ran Healing Hands Foundation for Animals as a nonprofit organization which surgically treated injured racing greyhounds before placing them with adoptive homes.
Murtech currently receives contracts from the Defense Department that focus on detecting chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats. He refuses to reveal details of his work for fear that doing so might give terrorists clues as to Pentagon testing strategies and political favoritism was not a factor when they awarded him contracts; rather a lengthy prison sentence would send a strong message that lawyers and fiduciaries who take part in defrauding those they are supposed to protect are subject to punishment from law when engaging in fraud of this nature.
Achievement and Honors
Thomas Murtha is an award-winning professor of management at Opus College of Business and an emeritus professor of strategic management at Carlson School. She has amassed an extensive global network of academic partners, while serving on several nonprofit boards. When not teaching or researching, Thomas enjoys walking the lakes or attending Twin Cities cultural events with her husband.
Murtha’s gross misappropriation of funds from clients, friends, family members and a conserved person over five years was significant; however, that alone did not justify reducing her sentence under 18 U.S.C. 3553(a). My sentencing decision took into account both its seriousness and respect for law; these factors played an integral role.
Thomas Murtha died on November 24 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune. He was the father of six sons and one daughter and long-term resident of Wanamassa. Thomas graduated from Rahway HS before becoming part of Delta Sigma Pi, an international business fraternity.
Murtha’s offenses were particularly grave because he was a lawyer who betrayed the trust placed in him by clients, friends, and family by misappropriating nearly $2 million from them. Therefore, his crimes warranted a lengthy prison term to send a message that those misappropriating clients’ assets will face severe repercussions under law (ECF No. 111 at 2) As provided for by 18 U.S.C 3553(a), any request to reduce his prison term due to age and medical condition is likely doomed by 18 U.S.C 3553(a).
Murtha lived a fulfilling final years, enjoying live music performances and entertaining friends and family alike. He enjoyed crossword puzzles and was dedicated to his family – loving children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren alike. A parishioner at Holy Family Church in Columbus Ohio, Murtha treasured time spent with them. He leaves his beloved wife Patricia behind, as well as sons Tom and Damon along with Nicole Urbont and Jesse Lundy who became daughters-in-law – plus Alexie McKenna who was dearest of them all.
Kit Murtha’s influential Appropriations Committee position has brought millions in Pentagon contracts to his firm and other small businesses hoping for multimillion-dollar earmarks. Murtech employs 17 workers who focus on Defense Department testing programs such as chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats detection – work which helped Johnstown commuter airport double as wartime readiness facility with $30 million spent on improvements by Kit’s firm alone!