Court: Exec guilty over faulty French implants

MARSEILLE, France (AP) — A court has ruled that a Frenchman who sold tens of thousands of faulty silicone breast implants around the world is guilty of fraud.

With hundreds of women looking on, the tribunal in Marseille handed Jean-Claude Mas, the founder of Poly Implant Prothese, the maximum four-year prison sentence on the aggravated fraud charge. He was also ordered to pay a 75,000-euro ($103,000) fine.

Some 125,000 women underwent plastic surgery with PIP implants. Defense lawyer Yves Haddad said Mas planned to appeal.

In a similar case, a commercial court last month ordered the German company TUeV, which cleared PIP for certification, to pay damages to more than 1,600 women and six distributors. The implants were filled with industrial-grade silicone and were prone to leak.

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