PROVIDENCE — A federal judge sentenced a Rhode Island lawyer to six years in prison Monday for his role in a $46 million investment fraud that preyed on terminally ill people, calling him the architect of the scheme and saying he did not seem to recognize the harm he had caused.
Joseph Caramadre was sentenced in Providence after pleading guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy. His lawyers wanted two years in prison and two in home confinement. Prosecutors sought 10 years.
Caramadre was a prominent lawyer and philanthropist. Prosecutors said he and former employee Raymour Radhakrishnan illegally got personal information from terminally ill people and used it to purchase bonds and annuities that would pay out when a person died. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.