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Former Tyco CEO is granted parole

Dennis Kozlowski in 2005.
Dennis Kozlowski in 2005.

ALBANY, N.Y. — A New York state parole board agreed Tuesday to release former Tyco chief executive Dennis Kozlowski on parole after more than eight years in prison for his conviction in a $134 million corporate fraud case.

His tentative release date is Jan. 17, though Kozlowski has been in the state’s work-release program with a clerical job and, for months, only reporting back twice weekly to minimum-security Lincoln Correctional Facility in Harlem.

He follows the security systems company’s former chief financial officer, Mark Swartz, who was released by a parole board in October.

The men collectively paid $134 million in restitution to Tyco International Ltd. and $105 million in fines to the state after their 2005 convictions, their attorneys said. They were sentenced to 81/3 to 25 years in prison for grand larceny, conspiracy, falsifying records, and violating business law. They were found guilty of giving themselves illegal bonuses and forgiving loans to themselves from 1999 to 2002.

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‘‘Mr. Kozlowski is grateful to the parole board for its decision to grant him parole,’’ attorney Alan Lewis said Tuesday.

Under the parole decision, Kozlowski, now 67, agreed not to communicate with Tyco or Swartz without his parole officer’s permission.

In a 2012 parole hearing, Kozlowski said he had a sense of greed and ‘‘stole a lot of money, and I did it the way you described through bonuses. I’m very sorry I did that.’’