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Judge denies request from Ronald Weinberg's lawyer to release him

MONTREAL – A Quebec judge has refused to release Cinar animation co-founder Ronald Weinberg pending his next court appearance Monday.

Weinberg along with John Xanthoudakis and Lino Matteo were imprisoned on Thursday after a jury found them guilty on most of the charges they faced in a $120-million fraud case.

Quebec Superior Court Justice Pierre Labrie told Weinberg’s lawyer this afternoon he would not review his decision to keep her client behind bars.

Weinberg co-founded the Cinar animation company, which created popular children’s shows such as “Arthur” and “Caillou.”

The three men were charged with transferring funds from Cinar to the Bahamas nearly 20 years ago.

Sentencing arguments are set for Monday.