Swindler sent to prison for violating release terms

FILE - In this May 15, 2002 file photo, Martin Frankel, a financier accused of stealing more than $200 million from insurance companies, is escorted from U.S. District Court in New Haven, Conn. Frankel was sentenced in 2004 to 17 years behind bars, and released to a halfway house in September 2015. Frankel is due back in New Haven federal court Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, less than a month after getting out of prison, charged with violating the terms of his release. (AP Photo/Bob Child, File)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Insurance swindler and former international fugitive Martin Frankel has been sentenced to six months in prison for violating the terms of his release.

Prosecutors say a federal judge in New Haven sentenced the 61-year-old convict Thursday.

Frankel was released in September after serving more than 10 years in prison for plotting to cheat insurance companies out of $200 million to pay for a luxurious lifestyle that included a Greenwich mansion, cars and diamonds.

Authorities say Frankel violated the rules of the Hartford residence where he lived following his release.

Frankel defrauded insurance companies he purchased in several states through a trust set up to hide his involvement. He became the target of an international manhunt when he disappeared in 1999 and was later arrested in Germany.
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