Former press baron Black begins U.S. prison term
By Scott Audette
COLEMAN, Florida (Reuters) - Former press baron Conrad Black surrendered at a Florida prison on Monday to begin serving his 6-and-1/2 year sentence for fraud and obstructing justice.
Britain's Lord Black of Crossharbour and his wife arrived at the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex in central Florida around noon in a large blue sport utility vehicle with dark tinted windows, a Reuters photographer said.
The driver stopped at a guard gate and was waved inside the compound, then left about half an hour later, with only Barbara Amiel-Black in the back seat.
Black, 63, and other former Hollinger International Inc executives were accused of swindling the company out of $6.1 million by giving themselves illegal bonuses.
Black was convicted in July on charges of obstructing justice and defrauding shareholders of the company, once the world's third-largest publisher of English-language newspapers.
He had been free on bond until Monday but was confined to the area around his Palm Beach, Florida, estate or near Chicago, where he was convicted and where Hollinger was once based.
Canadian-born Black, who once owned London's Daily Telegraph and newspapers from the Jerusalem Post to Canada's National Post, relinquished his Canadian citizenship to become a member of Britain's House of Lords. If his conviction stands, he is likely to be deported after serving his U.S. sentence.
Internal auditors once accused Black of operating the newspaper chain as a "corporate kleptocracy." The shrunken company is now called the Sun-Times Media Group Inc and has put itself up for sale. Continued...