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Man sentenced to 5 years for swindling millions from NFL player
Man sentenced to 5 years for swindling millions from NFL player

A man who swindled about $3 million from San Diego Chargers linebacker Dwight Freeney was sentenced Thursday to five years in federal prison, authorities said. Michael A. Stern, 53, who pleaded guilty to a fraud charge in January, was also ordered to pay Freeney about $2.6 million in restitution, the Internal Revenue Service said Thursday. Stern appeared in a Los Angeles federal courtroom before U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson. After falsely presenting himself as a successful businessman who could partner with Freeney as an investor in a Hollywood restaurant that Freeney owned, Stern fraudulently accessed several accounts tied to the football player, the IRS said in a news...

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