Man sentenced in frozen chicken scam

NEW ORLEANS, LA Alexander Legault, 59, pleaded guilty in July and was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt.

Legault had moved from Louisiana to Canada before a grand jury in New Orleans indicted him in 1986. He was ordered deported by Canada in 2002 and was a fugitive until his arrest last year.

Prosecutors say that the Egyptian government agreed to buy 5,000 metric tons of frozen chicken from Legault and wired more than $7 million to his corporate account, but he created fake documents to make it appear the chicken was aboard a Swedish vessel bound for Egypt.

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