Aged 77, the viscount of La Rochefoucauld, Armand Sosthènes, appeared this Monday before the criminal court of Meaux (Seine-et-Marne) for acts of laundering tax fraud.

He was sentenced to four years in prison, two of which were suspended, reports

Le Parisien


The one who calls himself "the prince of the scam" had already been heard by the Assize Court in 2015 as a witness in a case of kidnapping and extortion in an organized gang.

During a search of his home, the police found 124,000 euros in cash and 58 false identities.

He had finally been dismissed for the extortion part.

23 years behind bars

This was not the case for the money laundering component.

The descendant of the famous writer François de la Rochefoucauld would have helped several business leaders to escape the tax authorities between 2012 and 2015 by opening accounts abroad under false identities, for a 10% commission.

Since 1975, "the prince of the scam" has been convicted eleven times and has already spent 23 years behind bars.


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  • Meaux

  • Ile-de-France

  • Paris

  • Whitening

  • tax evasion

  • Justice