Fraudster Is $5,000 Poorer But No Prisoner


In a convincing victory for justice, the former CEO of a Gen Re subsidiary was sentenced to the equivalent of a mild warning from a substitute teacher for his part in defrauding AIG investors of $597 million. John Houldsworth pleaded guilty in 2005 to conspiracy to commit securities fraud and then testified on the government's behalf to help convict 5 other executives involved in the fraud. In light of his "truly extraordinary" cooperation and heartfelt apology, Houldsworth's sentence was a crushing 2 years probation, $5,000 fine and 400 hours of community service.
Gen Re's Houldsworth Avoids Prison in AIG Fraud Case [Bloomberg]