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LOS ANGELES � Seymour Lazar, the Palm Springs, Calif., lawyer who was indicted in 2005 in the Milberg Weiss probe, has been sentenced to two years’ probation that includes six months of home detention. Lazar, who served as a lead plaintiff in several Milberg Weiss cases from 1976 to 2004, pleaded guilty in October to charges of filing false tax returns, obstruction of justice and false statements. He agreed to pay a $600,000 fine and forfeit $1.5 million � the amount that federal prosecutors accused him of obtaining from Milberg Weiss as part of a conspiracy in which the New York-based securities plaintiff’s firm and seven of its lawyer took $250 million in attorney fees by paying kickbacks to lead plaintiffs. His former personal attorney, Paul Selzer, who is charged in the Milberg Weiss case, has been in discussions with federal prosecutors over a plea deal. “We’re pleased that Mr. Lazar is able to get this matter behind him,” said Thomas Bienert, a partner at Bienert & Miller in San Clemente, Calif., who represents Lazar in the criminal case. “We also are pleased that [U.S. District Judge] Judge [John] Walter took fair balance of the need to impose sentence and exact punishment but also factored in the unique circumstances of Mr. Lazar’s health while giving him the chance to … enjoy his remaining years.” Three former partners at Milberg Weiss � William Lerach, David Bershad and Steven Schulman � have pleaded guilty to racketeering and conspiracy charges collectively. Lerach is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 11.

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