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May 23, 2013 9:37 AM by AP

Ex-cop's sentence reduced in kickback scam

A former New Orleans police captain who was convicted of plotting to arrange a contract to provide security for Entergy at inflated rates and then skim off the top has had his prison sentence reduced by more than three years.
A federal appeals court panel in January upheld Michael Roussel's conviction, but threw out the sentence of 11 years and four months that U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier handed him in September 2011.
The Times-Picayune reports Barbier re-sentenced the former traffic division commander Wednesday to eight years.
The 49-year-old Roussel was arrested in June, 2010, accused of helping to arrange an overpriced security contract between Gladius Inc., a firm owned by his friend, Joseph Branch, and Entergy.

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