Washington -- Westley Scher, a former executive of the now-defunct FSG Financial Services, was sentenced yesterday to 71 months in prison and ordered to return about $26.7 million to investors defrauded in connection with a scheme to sell bogus municipal bonds.

In handing down the sentence, U.S. District Judge William D. Keller called Mr. Scher and others involved in the scheme "the bottom of the barrel of humanity."

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