PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Roman Catholic bishop, a onetime U.S. ambassador and others have written letters to a judge in Rhode Island to support a lawyer convicted in a $46 million investment fraud that preyed on terminally ill people.

Letters released Tuesday show a number of high-profile people have written to U.S. District Judge William Smith telling him about the good deeds of Joseph Caramadre (kah-rah-MAH'-dray), who pleaded guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy last year. Caramadre is set to be sentenced next week, and prosecutors have asked that he be sent to prison for 10 years.

Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin asked the judge to show leniency. Former Ambassador and Boston Mayor Ray Flynn detailed Caramadre's work with Big Brothers. Former state Supreme Court Justice Bob Flanders said Caramadre has already suffered enough.

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