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30 Jan 2008

Hedge Fund Finance Chief Sentenced To 20 Years

U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon said of Daniel Marino, the former finance chief of the bankrupt hedge-fund firm Bayou Group LLC, "You are as much a career criminal as any mobster or any drug kingpin." The Judge then sentenced him to 20 years in prison.

His prison time will be followed by three years of supervised release. Restitution will be determined at a later date, but the judge said it likely will be in the amount of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Hedge fund founder Samuel Israel III and finance chief Daniel Marino pleaded guilty in 2005 to using fake results and a phony auditing firm. Investors lost approximately $400 million according to court papers, but the government put the loss at over $450 million.

The co-founder James G. Marquez was also implicated in the conspiracy and was sentenced to 51 months in prison. Israel is awaiting sentencing.

"I am truly sorry," Marino said.

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