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HOUSTON (AP) - Two former associates of R. Allen Stanford have been convicted of fraud for trying to help the imprisoned Texas financier conceal a $7 billion Ponzi scheme.

Prosecutors in Houston say 70-year-old Gilbert Lopez Jr. and 40-year-old Mark Kuhrt were both convicted Monday of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and nine counts of wire fraud.

Each count carries a maximum 20 years in prison.

Earlier this year, Stanford was convicted on 13 fraud-related counts and sentenced to 110 years in prison. Prosecutors say Lopez and Kuhrt helped to hide Stanford's misuse of assets.

Lopez is a former chief accounting officer of Stanford Financial Group Co. Kuhrt is a former global controller of Stanford Financial Group Global Management.

Sentencing has been set for Feb. 14.


(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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