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Man who claimed to be spy sentenced in fraud case

Thursday - 6/27/2013, 5:30pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- An Irish citizen who claimed to be a former British spy has been sentenced to 41 months in prison for defrauding a Dutch commodities trading company of more than $2 million.

Fifty-one-year-old Kevin Halligen was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Washington. He pleaded guilty in May to one count of wire fraud. He will get credit for the 43 months he has been in jail in the United Kingdom and the U.S. He asked that he be deported immediately.

According to his guilty plea, Halligen's London-based security consulting and crisis management firm was hired by Trafigura Beheer BV. Trafigura paid Halligen more than $2 million in expenses for his alleged efforts to help free two Trafigura executives who were imprisoned in the Ivory Coast.

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