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Larry Wilcox, the actor who played California Highway Patrol Officer Jon Baker in the television show "CHiPs" from 1977 to 1982, was sentenced to three years' probation last Friday after pleading guilty to securities fraud. Wilcox was sentenced in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He pleaded guilty last November to a felony charge of conspiracy to commit securities fraud.

Wilcox told the judge that he had committed the crime in a desperate attempt to save his business. Wilcox used $12 million of his own money to try to save his business and he told the judge that there is nothing left of his estate. He and his wife filed for bankruptcy recently.

The judge said that he took into account when determining a sentence for Wilcox that Wilcox was remorseful and had taken responsibility for his crime. Wilcox was caught after meeting with an undercover FBI agent in Florida about a potential illegal scheme. After the FBI confronted him, he agreed to help the FBI build a case against two other men.

The judge also said that Wilcox's long history of community service spoke well for him. Many of Wilcox's friends wrote letters of support for him, and his wife and five children sat behind him during his sentencing.


Former "CHiPs" actor sentenced to probation in Fort Lauderdale (Sun Sentinel)