The verdict will bring some satisfaction -- but likely little financial relief -- to 30,000 investors from more than 100 countries who were bilked by bogus investments with Stanford International Bank. Investigators could not find 92 percent of the $8 billion the bank said it had in assets and cash reserves.
Stanford, 62, has spent the past three years in jail after being deemed a flight risk. He will likely never taste freedom again.
US district judge David Hittner handed down the lengthy sentence at a hearing in Houston, Texas, a spokeswoman for the US attorney’s office told AFP.
Badly beaten in a jailhouse brawl, Stanford was temporarily declared unfit for trial after he became addicted to painkillers while also on antidepressants.