Founder of French breast implant scandal firm jailed

Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) founder, Jean-Claude Mas arrives at the courthouse in Marseille, on December 10, 2013A French court on Tuesday convicted of fraud the ex-managers of a firm whose faulty breast implants sparked a global health scare and sentenced the company's founder to four years in jail. The now-defunct firm, Poly Implant Prothese (PIP), was at the centre of worldwide concern two years ago after it was revealed to have used cheaper industrial-grade silicone in thousands of breast implants sold worldwide. The court sentenced PIP founder Jean-Claude Mas to four years in prison, fined him 75,000 euros ($103,000) and banned him permanently from working in medical services or running a company. The scandal first emerged in 2010 after doctors noticed abnormally high rupture rates in PIP implants.