- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A fifth man has been sentenced for his role in a magnesium smuggling scheme that bilked the U.S. government out of millions of dollars in lost duties.

Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday that 70-year-old William Nehill of the Buffalo suburb of Orchard Park was sentenced to 90 days in prison, two years of supervised release and ordered to pay more than $6.2 million in restitution to the U.S. government.

Nehill and four other men were charged in April 2010 and eventually convicted in a conspiracy to import Chinese magnesium into the U.S. without paying the full 305-percent duty on the product.

Prosecutors say Nehill’s company had an agreement with another firm to import magnesium powders from China. The imported product was used to make countermeasure flares for the U.S. Department of Defense.

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