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No Jail for Chael: Sonnen Gets Fine, Probation from Uncle Sam

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One more bullet dodged for the fighter you love to hate: Chael Sonnen will do no time for his role in a money laundering scheme in his home state of Oregon, according to MMAFighting.com. A US District Court judge sentenced Sonnen to two years probation, a $10,000 fine and the loss of his real estate license on Friday after the UFC middleweight pleaded guilty to federal mortgage fraud charges in January.

As part of the plea, Sonnen admitted he was party to “a financial transaction that was conducted or designed to disguise the ownership of funds due to wire fraud,” according to the report. Though he got off a lot easier than two other defendants who have already been sentenced in the case, Sonnen still faces some obstacles to restarting his MMA career, if his recent public spat with Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer is any indication.

The terms of Sonnen’s probation are not yet known. As soon as they are he’s expressed interest in resuming his athletic career, as his suspension for testing positive for elevated levels of testosterone at UFC 117 also recently lapsed.

Mortgage broker Marty Folwick took the brunt of this little run-in with the law, getting 63 months (a little more than five years) in the slam for orchestrating “as many as 70 fraudulent loans and taking nearly $900,000 in kickbacks.” A bank loan officer charged in the case also got two years in the slam. Federal prison too, we assume, which ain’t no joke.

The original charges brought against Sonnen carried a possible sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine, so he probably made the right call here.

Sonnen was sentenced in the case by Judge Michael W. Mosman in Portland.

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putty- April 11, 2011 at 3:31 pm
It is obvious that CP "Loves to Hate" Sonnen.
DangadaDang- April 9, 2011 at 10:25 am
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AgentoftheBat- April 9, 2011 at 12:46 am
I could care less if the guy robbed 50 banks. Laundered all the money in the world. Get it all straightened out so we can have him back in the UFC dishing up the best shit talk in the business.
Bisping doesn't stand a CHANCE against Sonnen.
Silva better hope he retires before Chael gets cleared again, too because next time he won't lose.
SnackDaddy- April 8, 2011 at 11:43 pm
Chael's gonna get his punishment in the cage at the hands of Bisping. Ain't no dodging The Counts combinations. Wha-bam!
ghostboner- April 8, 2011 at 6:50 pm
I'm with face7, get this man a fight asap! I need some creative shit talk! Jorge Rivera just isn't cutting it.
Rampage Rules- April 8, 2011 at 6:27 pm
Snitches Get Stitches
fACE7biter- April 8, 2011 at 6:21 pm
@Phat, it was less than 10K, think about 4K.

I personally could give two shits and a fuck what he did, I want this crazy mother fucker back in the UFC, cutting promos and ground and pounding middleweights. Fuck Kizer and the Ultimate Fighter, just book him in a fucking fight now.
CungwantsCookies- April 8, 2011 at 5:45 pm
math cripple here. i have to pull out my dick if my blackjack hand is too high.
k-onda- April 8, 2011 at 5:20 pm
@edhedicus, let me be the first to say, I have no clue how many years 63 months is, the only math I can remember from school is how many fingers I have.
Uppercut Magnet- April 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm
Federal Prisons aren't actually all that bad compared those "push your shit in" state prisons and county jails.
Phattousai- April 8, 2011 at 4:20 pm
I wonder how much money that Chael actually profitted off of this scheme. I hope it was less that $10k :)
edhedicus- April 8, 2011 at 3:53 pm
....getting 63 months (a little more than five years)....

No shit, how stupid do they think we are?
mDino- April 8, 2011 at 3:44 pm
i wonder how many times sonnen has done that pose in the mirror
RwilsonR- April 8, 2011 at 3:32 pm
This is a bad day for Michael Bisping. Outclassed in the shit talk. Out classed in the cage. Outclassed in the level of fines they both were forced to pay.
RwilsonR- April 8, 2011 at 3:30 pm
@ CaptnJonesy - I picture it kind of like Robert Redford's character in The Last Castle, except with less racial unity.
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the caption for the picture was funny as hell
Lopes- April 8, 2011 at 3:16 pm
I still like him more than Bisping.
Fried Taco- April 8, 2011 at 3:14 pm
Wouldn't you love to be his probation officer?
Tuggernuts- April 8, 2011 at 3:09 pm
I'm with Spicymeatball, fuckin get it done!
CaptnJonesy- April 8, 2011 at 3:07 pm
I think the prison knew that if they sent Chael there he would take over and start an uprising
Spicymeatball- April 8, 2011 at 3:04 pm
Chael vs Shitsping make it happen.
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