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Frankel back in court a month after getting out of prison

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NEW HAVEN — Insurance swindler and former international fugitive Martin Frankel has been ordered into a residential program in Connecticut for ex-convicts, his second stop since being released from federal prison last month.

Frankel was sentenced in 2004 to 17 years behind bars for devising a plot to cheat insurance companies out of $200 million to pay for a luxurious lifestyle that included a mansion in Greenwich, fancy cars and diamonds the size of nickels.

He was released to a halfway house in Massachusetts last month but was sent back to prison after authorities say he violated the rules at that home.

During a hearing Thursday in U.S. District Court in New Haven, Frankel agreed to spend the next six months in a military-style program in Hartford that’s run by the Salvation Army.