A few months after he was released early from a prison sentence, Irwin H. "Sonny" Bloch, a radio host who bilked $21 million from his listeners, died of lung cancer.
Bloch died March 10 at the age of 61. His death had not been widely publicized.He was sentenced in 1996 to 21 months in prison for evading taxes on $700,000 of income he received between 1991 and 1993.
Bloch - who apologized after his tax-evasion conviction for his "greed and stupidity" - was awaiting sentencing in federal court in New Jersey in the $21 million telemarketing scheme.
Most of the people he bilked were retirees who he persuaded to buy worthless securities.