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MCNALL TO PLEAD GUILTY TO BANK FRAUD CHARGES

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Bruce McNall, who brought Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings in a move that popularized hockey in Southern California, has agreed to plead guilty to four criminal counts stemming from a federal bank fraud investigation, the Los Angeles Times said today.

McNall has signed a draft agreement that calls for guilty pleas to one count of bank fraud, two counts of mail fraud and one count of conspiracy, according to unidentified sources close to the case quoted by the Times.A federal grand jury has been investigating McNall for allegedly falsifying loan documents.

Although it is possible for McNall to receive probation from a judge, sources familiar with the agreement said that was unlikely. Under federal sentencing guidelines and the current plea, McNall probably would face a maximum prison sentence of six to nine years, the sources said.