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Former media baron Conrad Black goes to prison

Associated Press

COLEMAN, Fla. — Former newspaper baron Conrad Black is in federal prison.

Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Mike Truman says Black reported Monday to a low-security prison near Coleman, Florida.

He’s serving a six-and-a-half-year sentence for engineering a major fraud on shareholders in his Hollinger media empire.

Black and his co-defendants were convicted of fraud last July for allegedly siphoning money out of the company.

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The biographer and member of the British House of Lords also has been ordered to pay $6.1 million in restitution.

He had sought to stay free on bond on grounds there was a strong possibility his conviction would be reversed, but a Chicago federal appeals court denied his request last week.

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