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California man who hid assets in divorce, bankruptcy gets 17-year sentence

A California businessman who declared bankruptcy and then hid his assets to avoid paying child support and alimony following a contentious divorce has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison.

The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/1ctXyeU) 50-year-old Steven K. Zinnel was also ordered Tuesday to pay a $500,000 fine and forfeit assets worth more than $2.8 million.

U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley described Zinnel as "narcissistic," citing the defendant's repeated lies in bankruptcy and family courts.

The newspaper says the Sacramento County man's crimes were found out after he called the FBI and asked the bureau to investigate his ex-wife.

The couple, who have two teenage children, split in 1999.

Zinnel's co-defendant, attorney Derian Eidson, will be sentenced later this month for her role in facilitating his crimes.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com

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