LOS ANGELES - Edward M. Israel, former chairman and chief executive officer of the defunct Westwood Savings & Loan Association in Los Angeles, was sentenced in federal court to 18 months in prison for his role in defrauding Westwood and another thrift.

Mr. Israel, 40, pleaded guilty last July to three counts of savings and loan fraud. Westwood Savings and the other Los Angeles thrift, Brookside Savings & Loan, were taken over by federal regulators in the late 1980s.

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