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November 29, 2022

Posted  November 29, 2022

William Sadleir, the founder, owner, and operator of a defunct film distribution company accused of defrauding a publicly traded fund, has been ordered to spend 6 years in prison and pay $31.6 million in restitution to resolve a criminal case against him.  A separate SEC order to pay $13.8 million in disgorgement and nearly $4 million in prejudgment interest was deemed satisfied by the restitution order in the criminal case.  According to the press release, Sadleir’s Aviron Group LLC received a $75 million investment by BlackRock Multi-Sector Income Trust (BIT).  Rather than use the funds to support its film distribution activities, however, Sadleir misappropriated them for his personal use, including buying, renovating, and furnishing a mansion.  SEC

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