PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A career con artist who played a role in the criminal investigation that uncovered how Google Inc. profited from ads placed by rogue Canadian online pharmacies has been sentenced to nearly six years for his role in a multimillion dollar fraud scheme.
A federal judge in Providence on Friday also ordered David Whitaker to pay more than $10 million in restitution. Authorities say he bilked between $8.7 million and $22.6 million from small businesses and a credit card company during the mid-2000s. He already has served nearly four years and will get credit for them.
Prosecutors had promised to recommend a lesser sentence in exchange for his help with the Google investigation, which resulted in the company forfeiting $500 million to avoid criminal prosecution.