AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France: A French appeals court on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) upheld a four-year prison sentence for the founder of PIP, the manufacturer of defective breast implants that caused a health scare across Europe and South America. The court in the southern city of Aix-en-Provence confirmed the fraud convictions against Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) founder Jean-Claude Mas, 76. The court also upheld the 2013 trial’s order that Mas pay 75,000 euros ($86,000) and be banned for life from working in medical services or running a company. Mas also faces two other pending legal cases, one for involuntary manslaughter — the implants were suspected in several deaths from systemic toxicity — and another linked to the financial implications of the scandal. The court also upheld guilty verdicts against four other PIP executives. One, the firm’s former finance director Claude Couty, will serve a one-year prison sentence.