Former lawyer known for sailing Mackinac races is sentenced to 64 months in prison for fraud


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DETROIT — A former Detroit-area lawyer has been sentenced to more than five years in federal prison for illegally obtaining nearly $2.8 million that belonged to his firm or clients.

The FBI says the money fueled Ken Flaska's extravagant lifestyle, including a 31-foot sailboat used in last year's Port Huron to Mackinac Island race.

Flaska is a longtime sailor. In 2010, he told Grosse Pointe Magazine that he's sailed in dozen of races in the Great Lakes and international waters.

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade says attorneys are paid to "serve their clients, not to enrich themselves." The government has seized more than $900,000 from Flaska, including $352,000 from the sale of his Grosse Pointe Park home.

He pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering in April.

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