Former SC politician convicted of insurance fraud

CHARLESTON, SC (AP) - A former South Carolina state lawmaker caught up in one of the state's largest public corruption scandals has been convicted of mail fraud.

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles says 65-year-old Bob Kohn was convicted on Wednesday after a two-day trial in Charleston. Nettles says Kohn plotted with a welding company to get lower workers compensation rates, saving the company about $370,000 in premiums.

Kohn will be sentenced later. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

Kohn was a state House member in 1990 when he became a target in the FBI's corruption sting of the legislature known as "Operation Lost Trust." He eventually cooperated with federal agents in bringing down other lawmakers and was later sentenced to more than a year in prison. The new case is unrelated to Lost Trust.

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