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Law society revokes former theater mogul Garth Drabinsky's license over fraud convictions

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TORONTO — Ontario's law society has revoked former Broadway theater mogul Garth Drabinsky's license to practice law.

He and business partner Myron Gottlieb served several years in prison for fraud that resulted in the demise of now-defunct Livent Inc. The company was behind the hits "Phantom of the Opera" and "Ragtime."

The Tony award-winning producers were both convicted in 2009 of two counts of fraud each for a book-cooking scheme. Drabinsky was sentenced to five years and Gottlieb to four years.

Drabinsky, who was called to the bar in 1975, admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada that his conduct was unbecoming of a licensee.

He had already agreed not to practice law since his fraud convictions, but the law society ordered that his criminal offences mandated revocation of his license.

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