John Rigas, founder of Adelphia Communications Corp. and his son Timothy were sentenced to 15 years and 20 years, respectively, for their part in orchestrating a massive fraud at the Coundersport, Pa.-based cable operator. Last summer the pair were convicted of fraud and conspiracy in hiding $2 billion in debt and taking $100 million from the company coffers. "I apologize for this horrible thing that happened to all of us," the elder Rigas, 80, said in a statement to company shareholders. Both John Rigas and Timothy Rigas, 49, the company's former chief of finance, will begin their sentences Sept. 19.

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