- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Canadian man has pleaded not guilty 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/1Wlq9ZH ) that 39-year-old David Chityal pleaded not guilty to mail and wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy and obstruction of proceedings Thursday in federal court in Richmond. His trial was set for Jan. 11.

Authorities claim 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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