California attorney gets 7 years in prison

California lawyer receives 7 years in prison for his role in $22 million investment scam

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A Santa Monica attorney has been sentenced to seven years in prison for helping obstruct two investigations into whether one of his law firm's former clients was running a $22 million Ponzi scheme.

U.S. attorney spokesman Thom Mrozek says 46-year-old David Tamman was sentenced Monday in a Los Angeles courtroom and also was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine.

Tamman was convicted last November of 10 counts that included obstruction of justice and altering records in a federal investigation.

Prosecutors say Tamman met with John Farahi after the Securities and Exchange Commission made a surprise inspection of Farahi's investment fund business. Tamman then altered and backdated documents to make it seem like Farahi had told his customers about investment risks.

Farahi was sentenced in March to 10 years in prison.

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