A former deputy leader of the Honohana Sampogyo foot-reading cult was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison for defrauding 31 people between 1994 and 1997.

Lee Gang Chon, 55, was the cult’s No. 2 figure after group founder and leader Hogen Fukunaga. His sentence is the heaviest dished out to nine cultists who have thus far been tried and sentenced at local courts.

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