Vicksburg lawyer sentencing postponed in Fen-Phen case

Published 3:40 pm Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The sentencing of a Vicksburg lawyer on federal charges of helping clients submit false settlement claims has been delayed.

Robert Arledge was convicted in a federal investigation of false diet drug settlement claims in the state in a multimillion dollar lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Harold Brittain said that Arledge will now be sentenced Oct. 11. He was to be sentenced Monday.

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Brittain could not comment about the delay.

Arledge was the sole attorney charged in the federal IRS-FBI investigation. He faces a maximum 35 years in prison, but under federal sentencing guidelines, he likely won’t receive the maximum sentence.

Arledge is free on a $50,000 bond until sentencing.