CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago man has been sentenced to nearly 17 years in prison for participating in a Ponzi scheme that bilked $6.4 million from more than 250 people in connection to a now-defunct internet sports talk station.

Prosecutors say 50-year-old David Hernandez of Downers Grove was sentenced Friday in a Chicago federal courtroom. He was given 200 months in prison after pleading guilty to mail fraud charged in January 2010. A judge also ordered Hernandez to pay $6.4 million in restitution.

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Hernandez, along with radio and TV sports personality Mike North, founded Webio. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, a tearful Hernandez told U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman on Friday that he suffered from mental issues that stem from childhood abuse.

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Hernandez fled and attempted to commit suicide after the scheme was exposed.

Prosecutors say he swindled the money to fund Webio.

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