Former Hollinger president sentenced to 29 months for mail fraud Jeannie Shawl at 2:07 PM ET
[JURIST] Former Hollinger International President David Radler [JURIST news archive] was sentenced Monday by a US federal judge to 29 months in prison. Radler pleaded guilty [JURIST report] in 2005 to one count of mail fraud after agreeing to serve as a witness against the company's former Chairman and CEO Conrad Black [CBC profile], who was convicted earlier this year of mail fraud and obstruction of justice and sentenced [JURIST reports] last week to 78 months in prison. Radler, Black and other Hollinger executives were prosecuted in the United States in connection to allegations [indictment, PDF] that they diverted more than $80 million from Hollinger International and its shareholders [JURIST report] during the company's $2.1 billion sale of several hundred Canadian newspapers.
Radler, also the former publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times, must also pay a $250,000 fine. US District Judge Amy St. Eve ordered Radler to surrender to a Pennsylvania prison on February 25. Reuters has more.
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