Conrad Moffat Black, Lord Black of Crossharbour, KSG is a Canadian-born British former newspaper publisher and author. He is a non-affiliated life peer.
Black controlled Hollinger International, once the world's third-largest English-language newspaper empire, which published The Daily Telegraph , Chicago Sun-Times , The Jerusalem Post , National Post , most of the leading newspapers in Australia and Canada and hundreds of community newspapers in North America, before controversy erupted over the sale of some of the company's assets, after Black determined to reduce involvement in the newspaper industry as the threat of the internet loomed.
In 2004, prosecution of Black began in the United States. Over $80 million in assets were alleged to have been improperly taken and/or spent by Black. He was convicted of three counts of fraud and one count of obstruction of justice in a U.S. court in 2007 and sentenced to six and a half years' imprisonment. In 2011, two of the charges were overturned on appeal and he was re-sentenced to 42 months in prison on one count of mail fraud and one count of obstruction of justice. He was acquitted of nine counts and four others were abandoned during the trial. In 2010 all four counts were vacated unanimously by the Supreme Court of the United States, which remanded the services statute, under which Black was convicted. In 2011, two of the counts were confirmed as acquittals to prison for seven months to complete his sentence. After serving a total of three years and two weeks Black was released on May 4, 2012. Black has returned to commercial life as an active investor in a number of different countries, but is not an officer or director of any Canadian or American companies. He has declined to reveal his interests publicly.