- Associated Press - Thursday, September 22, 2016

CINCINNATI (AP) - A former executive accused of stealing millions from the Cincinnati company behind dozens of Frisch’s Big Boy restaurants has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Michael Hudson was accused of forging payroll and accounting records for several years. He pleaded guilty to wire fraud and filing a false tax return.

Federal prosecutors said Thursday that the 53-year-old Hudson also must pay about $3.1 million in restitution to Frisch’s and nearly $1 million to the Internal Revenue Service.

His attorney, Hal Arenstein, says Hudson deeply regrets what happened and abusing the trust of people he considered to be friends.

Hudson had worked for Frisch’s for three decades, rising from a job in a kitchen to serving as the company’s third-ranking accountant before he resigned.

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