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Cindy Omidi asks judge for probation instead of prison

Cindy Omidi asks judge for probation instead of prison

A Los Angeles woman has asked a federal judge to sentence her to probation instead of prison for violating laws designed to prevent money laundering. Cindy Omidi, 66, was convicted in October of illegally buying postal money orders in an amount just small enough to avoid scrutiny by postal workers. She and her sons, Michael and Julian Omidi, once operated a weight-loss surgery business that centered around the 1-800-GET-THIN ads that blanketed Southern California roadsides and airwaves. Federal prosecutors have said Cindy Omidi should be sentenced to slightly more than three years in prison, saying she has shown disregard for the law and a history of "dishonesty, deceit and...

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