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Lansing accountant sentenced to 7 years prison for fraud

Lansing accountant Andrew N. LaVigne was sentenced Wednesday to 87 months in prison and ordered to pay $3.6 million in restitution after pleading guilty to bankruptcy fraud, mail fraud and money laundering.

LaVigne, 66, practiced in Ithaca for more than three decades. In March, he admitted to using his CPA practice to conceal millions in assets and also defrauded a woman of more than $1 million in a mail fraud scheme, according to court records. He was sentenced Wednesday in Binghamton by Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy.

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