LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced law firm
co-founder Melvyn Weiss to 30 months in prison for his role in a
lucrative lawsuit kickback scheme targeting some of the largest
corporations in the nation.
The 72-year-old Weiss also was ordered Monday to pay $9.7
million in forfeitures and $250,000 in fines.
He pleaded guilty to a racketeering conspiracy charge in April
as part of an agreement with prosecutors.
Authorities say the law firm made about $250 million over two
decades by filing legal actions on behalf of professional
plaintiffs who received $11.3 million in kickbacks.
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