KANSAS CITY — A Kansas man who pitched his company to investors as a blessing from God that would make them rich for as little as $100 has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for bilking thousands of people out of more than $10 million.

Isreal Owen Hawkins, 58, of Kansas City, Kan., was convicted in May of conspiracy, securities fraud, aggravated currency structuring, money laundering and two counts of wire fraud in connection with his Missouri-based company, Petro America Corp. Hawkins was sentenced Monday.

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