A San Fernando Valley man who is currently behind bars for giving illegal gifts to federal employees is expected to be sentenced Thursday to more prison time for possession of child pornography.

Ivan Greenhut, 60, of Tarzana, pleaded guilty to the single felony count in Los Angeles federal court last month. Prosecutors are requesting that U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder impose a 50-month sentence to run concurrently with the two-year term he is currently serving in the “gratuities” case. The defense is asking for a 38-month concurrent sentence.

Greenhut was convicted in December 2015 of two federal counts — conspiring to give gifts to federal officials who purchased products from Greenhut’s companies and giving a gift to a public official, specifically a U.S. Army employee who purchased products from Greenhut.

He operated two companies — Modern Data Products, which was based in Canoga Park, and Modern Imaging Solutions, based out of the Philippines. The companies sold office supplies — for example, printer and photocopier supplies, toner cartridges, stationary and office furniture — to government and U.S. Army officials whose job it was to buy supplies on behalf of the federal government.

In February 2017, a Los Angeles County District Attorney’s investigator monitoring a peer-to-peer network, commonly known for distributing child pornography, downloaded three illicit videos from the defendant, according to court papers.

Two months later, a search warrant at Greenhut’s home resulted in the discovery of 107 videos depicting minors under 12 engaged in sexually explicit conduct, sadistic or masochistic activity, and sexual abuse of infants and toddlers, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Along with a concurrent prison term, Greenhut — who has less than 10 months remaining on his current sentence — is likely to be sentenced to lifetime supervised release and a $5,000 fine, court papers show.

—City News Service

 

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