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American Fork charity directors ordered to prison

American Fork charity directors ordered to prison



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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- The former directors of an American Fork charity will spend time in prison and pay more than $39 million in restitution for their Ponzi scheme that bilked hundreds of school districts out of "free" fitness equipment.

A Minneapolis, Minn., federal judge handed down the sentence Friday.

Cameron J. Lewis of Highland will spend 17 years in prison for having hatched the idea. His father, J. Tyron Lewis, of Monticello, will serve more than five years for running the illegal pyramid scheme.

More than 350 schools districts nationwide and dozens of banks were defrauded of more than $40 million by the pair.

The father and son team ran the National School Fitness Foundation from 1999 to 2004.

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Information from: The Daily Herald

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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