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Lawyer sentenced in scheme involving class-action lawsuits

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By JACOB ADELMAN

Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A former partner at a prestigious New York law firm has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for his role in a lucrative kickback scheme involving class-action lawsuits.

William Lerach was also sentenced Monday to two years probation, fined $250,000 and ordered to complete 1,000 hours of community service.