'Brogue' Dealer Seeks Help For Jail Time

The Times reports that John Rusnak, the FX dealer at the centre of the Allied Irish Banks' $691m trading scandal, is to seek specialist help so that he can best cope with his seven and a half year jail term.

The newspaper claims that Rusnak has already held secret talks with Ronald Cohen, himself a former convicted con-man, who now specialises in helping white-collar criminals understand how to survive in prison. Cohen, who has spent around 10 years in prison on three separate 'visits', currently charges himself out as a consultant at $150 per hour.

The Times quotes Cohen's 'top tips' on 'Making hard time easier for first-time offenders', which include:

Don't argue with prison officials or try to treat them as your staff

Don't brag about your financial accomplishments

Get yourself mentally ready to receive a 'Dear John' letter

Don't get too close to fellow in-mates. Prison is not the place to make close friendships

Try and keep busy by exercising both your body and your brain

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