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Oct 25, 2013 8:22 AM by AP/CS

Man gets 7 years in fraud bilking 86 investors

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Baton Rouge single mom begged a federal judge to show no mercy to her cousin, convicted investment schemer Evers F. Harris, because he showed no mercy to her and scores of other people from whom he stole nearly half a million dollars.

Virginia Johnson said she lost roughly $20,000 she had saved to send her son to college.

Zaada Bonn told U.S. District Judge James Brady that Harris bilked $62,000 from her now-deceased dad.

Brady ordering Harris to spend seven years and one month in prison and pay more than $209,000 in restitution to some of his victims.

The Advocate reports Harris must report to prison Nov. 25.

Harris was indicted in mid-2010.

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