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Former UBS bankers get prison terms for muni bid-rigging

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Peter GhavaniThree former UBS AG (UBSN.VX) bankers were sentenced to prison on Wednesday for deceiving U.S. municipalities by rigging bids to invest municipal bond proceeds, with the longest sentence at 27 months, a fraction of what prosecutors had sought.

Gary Heinz, 40, a former bank vice president who was caught on recordings discussing the scheme, received the prison sentence of 27 months. U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood also ordered Heinz to pay a $400,000 fine.

Peter Ghavami, 45, who left UBS in 2007 as global head of commodities, was sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay a $1 million fine; and Michael Welty, 49, a former vice president, was sentenced to 16 months and ordered to pay a $300,000 fine.

"We're very pleased at the outcome and we feel that justice was done," said Charles Stillman, a lawyer for Ghavami.

TVNL Comment:  White collar crime really pays.  These bankers made millions in illegal profits - surely worth a handful of months in minimum security prisons.

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