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A Carlsbad man who stole nearly $1 million from dozens of people he got to invest in a bogus drug company, including some he befriended through home Bible study sessions, was sentenced Friday to 12 years in state prison.

Dennis Eugene Long, 65, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to burglary and grand theft charges.

He was sentenced by Vista Superior Court Judge Michael Popkins, who earlier this year gave Long a chance to withdraw his plea deal because he didn’t think a contemplated seven years was enough punishment.

Prosecutors said Long got at least three dozen families to invest thousands of dollars in an herbal Viagra-type drug company that turned out to be a sham. The defendant targeted people at his daughter’s volleyball events and at various churches, according to authorities.

Long also told some victims that he had cancer, prosecutors said.

The defendant used the proceeds from his scam to pay for private school and cars, authorities said.

— City News Service

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