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Apr 25, 2013 1:42 PM by AP(PHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINE)

Ex-Jefferson Parish official sentenced

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A man who once served as the top aide to disgraced former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard was sentenced Thursday to three years of probation in a federal corruption case.

Tim Whitmer also was fined $5,000. And he will have to pay an as yet undetermined share of more than $160,000 in restitution in the case with three other defendants.

Whitmer had cooperated with prosecutors in the case that eventually led to a guilty plea and prison sentence for Broussard. Whitmer pleaded guilty last year to concealing fraud, theft involving government programs and other crimes.

Broussard was sentenced earlier this year to serve 46 months for conspiracy and theft charges in a plot to give a lucrative parish job to his former wife and pay her for work she never did.

Whitmer declined comment after Thursday's hearing. His attorney, Patrick Fanning, said the sentence was fair, adding that Whitmer had a long record of public service in Jefferson.

"He got caught up in this at the end of his career and he's very remorseful about that," Fanning said.


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