A kosher meat salesman who left a trail of victims on two continents was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday in a decision cheered by those who were fooled by the smooth-talking hot-dog salesman.
Arnold Zaler, 60, lured victims mostly from his own Jewish community, promising he would pay them back for their investments in his business.
Instead, he took nearly $2.5 million from people who trusted him, and ended up stealing their retirement savings. One woman was forced to sell her home to make up the shortfall.
Zaler and his attorney, Mitchell Baker, tried to convince Senior U.S. District Judge John L. Kane that Zaler has a mental illness. Zaler also apologized to his victims and his family.
"What I have learned is I obviously have failed and there is something wrong with me," Zaler told the judge. "I tried to be a big shot, a leader. I wanted to be a leader and look what I
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