Jul 16, 2010 4:43 PM by Melissa Canone
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The former Independence Police chief has
escaped prison time for his role in arranging for unqualified
voters to cast ballots in a February 2008 election.
U.S. Attorney Jim Letten said Friday that 60-year-old Anthony P.
Maurer, instead, was sentenced to two years probation and ordered
to perform 300 hours of community service. U.S. Magaistrate Alma L.
Chasez handed down the sentence Thursday.
Maurer pleaded guilty in March to a charge of deprivation of
rights under color of law.
Letten's office says Maurer caused his deputies to provide false
information on their voter registration forms indicating that they
lived in the voting district when, in fact, they did not. Elections
records show Maurer was on the ballot and beat his opponent,
Leonard "Tank" Genco, by 122 votes.