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Lying business executive pretends to have cancer

Posted Mar 15 2009 4:28pm
Howard Richman, former executive of Biopure Corp. pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice for pretending he had terminal cancer. He admitted he had impersonated his own doctor to avoid a federal lawsuit filed by securities regulators.

To no surprise he declined to comment to reporters after changing his plea to guilty in U.S. District Court.

He had pretended to be his own physician when he provided a forged letter to his lawyers claiming he was being treated with surgery and chemo for terminal colon cancer. He then impersonated a doctor on the phone with his lawyers telling them that the cancer had spread.

He faces up to 10 years in prison at sentencing, scheduled for June 10.

Hopefully he'll also receive 10 rounds of chemotherapy provided by the hospital ward as part of his sentence. And since he claimed to have colon cancer why don't we add quarterly colonoscopies without sedation. What a friggin' slimeball. If you can stomach it you can read more about him in the Wall Street Journal.

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