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A nearly six-year-long legal battle over the mismanagement of more than 400 death benefits plans has come to an end, with a Philadelphia federal court district judge entering a $39.8 million judgment in favor of the workers who had invested in the plans.

The Department of Labor said Wednesday that the defendants – John J. Koresko V, the companies he controlled and his former associate, Jean Bonney – had been at the helm of a 12-year-long scam in which they diverted tens of millions of dollars from plans which provided death benefits to participants nationwide.

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