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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Peter Neronha
A former Rhode Island art dealer convicted of defrauding a wide range of investors _ from a wealthy collector of Japanese swords to a school janitor _ was sentenced to 16 years in prison Thursday for his elaborate multimillion-dollar scheme.
A former Rhode Island art dealer was convicted Wednesday of defrauding a wide variety of investors _ from a wealthy Japanese sword collector to a school janitor _ in an elaborate multimillion-dollar con.
U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha said prosecutors originally pursued the gratuities charge, and not bribery or other charges, because they believe it was the best case they had at the time.
"Sometimes the law throws you a curveball," he said in a conference call with reporters.