RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A lawyer for a former Texas businessman who helped orchestrate a $100 million life insurance fraud scheme urged a federal appeals court Tuesday to toss out his convictions and 60-year prison sentence.

A federal jury in 2011 convicted Adley Abdulwahab of Spring, Texas, on 15 counts of conspiracy, wire fraud, securities fraud and money laundering.

Abdulwahab, 37, was one of the executives for a group of companies called A&O that used investor funds to buy life insurance policies from the policyholders at less than face value. Investors were supposed to be paid when the insured died, but A&O's partners spent their money on lavish lifestyles rather than safeguard the funds and pay premiums.

The scam claimed more than 800 victims in 36 states and Canada. Many lost their life savings.

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