- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Canadian man has pleaded guilty in Virginia to conspiring to obtain $2.3 million in tax refunds to finance an appeal by another man serving 100 years in prison for fraud.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1PraLr5 ) that 39-year-old David Chityal, also known as David Solomon, pleaded guilty to mail and wire fraud conspiracy Monday in U.S. District Court in Richmond. Sentencing is set for Feb. 8.

According to prosecutors, Chityal met 64-year-old Edward Hugh Okun while both were in prison in Texas. Okun was convicted the previous year in a $126 million fraud case that victimized hundreds of people.

Prosecutors say Chityal, who was released in 2010, and Okun unsuccessfully conspired to obtain tax refunds from Okun’s former businesses that were intended to help make restitution to his victims.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, https://www.timesdispatch.com

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