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| | UFC fighter Chael Sonnen's federal charge results in 2 years' probation $10,000 fine
UFC fighter Chael Sonnen's federal charge results in two years' probation, $10,000 fine | MMAjunkie.com
by Steven Marrocco on Apr 08, 2011 at 5:30 pm ET |
In a procedure described as a "formality" by his camp, the U.S. District Court in Portland, Ore., today sentenced UFC fighter Chael Sonnen today to two years' probation and a $10,000 fine on one federal charge of money laundering.
Spokesperson Gerri Badden today confirmed the sentence with MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | MMAjunkie.com).
The UFC middleweight now, in theory, is ready to resume his fighting career.
UFC president Dana White suspended Sonnen's contract shortly after he pleaded guilty on Jan. 3 to the charge, which stemmed from a real-estate deal in which he was involved in 2006.
Sonnen is required to immediately pay the $10,000 fine. His real-estate license also has been revoked.
"The conviction and sentence imposed in this case demonstrates that no one is above the law," Dwight Holton, U. S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, stated. "Mortgage fraud caused a blight in our communities and threatened serious risks to our financial institutions. Real-estate professionals who commit mortgage fraud in this district will face consequences."
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