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Aug 23, 2010 6:12 PM by Chris Welty

Ex-Gretna Council Member Gets 17 Years in Prison

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former Gretna city council member who was
convicted of taking money for his support of zoning variances has
been sentenced to 17 years in prison.
In April, a federal jury convicted 48-year-old Jonathan Bolar of
charges that included extortion, wire fraud and failing to file
income tax returns.
Witnesses had testified Bolar extorted cash from them in
exchange for his support of their business and residential
projects.
U.S. District Judge Lance Africk sentenced Bolar on Monday and
ordered him to forfeit $85,700.
Sentencing guidelines had called for.)olar to serve less than 13
years in prison, but prosecutors had asked Africk to hand down a
longer prison term.

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