Petters case continues to pay off for attorneys

Attorneys and other professionals sorting through the mess left by the collapse of the largest financial fraud in Minnesota history have collected nearly $70 million for their work, and the tab is still growing, the Star Tribune reported Monday morning.
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Attorneys and other professionals sorting through the mess left by the collapse of the largest financial fraud in Minnesota history have collected nearly $70 million for their work, and the tab is still growing, the Star Tribune reported Monday morning.

There have been regular updates to the Petters case since he was officially sentenced four years ago. One of the most revealing reports came earlier this Spring with an extensive profile of Petters from Dale Kurschner of Twin Cities Business.

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