A federal judge has sentenced law firm co-founder Melvyn Weiss to 30 months in prison for his role in a lucrative lawsuit kickback scheme targeting some of the largest corporations in the nation, the Associated Press reports.

The 72-year-old Weiss also was ordered Monday to pay $9.7 million in forfeitures and $250,000 in fines.

He pleaded guilty to a racketeering conspiracy charge in April as part of an agreement with prosecutors.

Authorities say the law firm made about $250 million over two decades by filing legal actions on behalf of professional plaintiffs who received $11.3 million in kickbacks.

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