The founder of defunct hedge fund Bayou Group was given a 20-year prison term today for bilking investors out of more than $400 million, Bloomberg reports. Samuel Israel must also pay $300 million in restitution for masterminding a “ponzi scheme” in which investment returns were paid with new investors’ money. His sentence is the longest for a white-collar crime since Enron litigation.
"You were, in every meaning of the sense, a career criminal … you ruined lives," US District Judge Colleen McMahon told Israel at sentencing. "Financial fraud, white-collar crimes are every bit as heinous as every other type of crime and they will be punished severely." (Read more hedge fund stories.)