2 attorneys get decades in prison, ordered to pay $127 million to victims in diet drug fraud

Attorneys sentenced to decades in diet drug fraud

COVINGTON, Ky. — Two former attorneys have been sentenced to decades in federal prison and ordered to pay $127 million in restitution for defrauding hundreds of clients in a diet-drug settlement.

U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves also on Monday ordered 58-year-old William Gallion and 54-year-old Shirley Cunningham Jr. each to pay a $30 million forfeiture.

Gallion was sentenced to 25 years and Cunningham to 20.

The men were convicted of scamming clients out of $94.6 million while representing them in a case involving the diet drug fen-phen. They were found guilty in April of eight counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Gallion and Cunningham also once owned 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin, further adding notoriety to the case.


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