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Jun 22, 2011 7:15 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Former Monroe tax collector gets prison

MONROE, La. (AP) - The ex-director of Monroe's Revenue and Taxation Department has been sentenced to 7 1/2 years in state prison.
Under the sentence handed down Tuesday, 53-year-old Patrick Onyemechara got concurrent 10-year sentences for each of 10 felony theft counts. He pleaded guilty in March. State District Judge James Boddie suspended 2 1/2 years of the sentence and said Onyemechara would get credit for time served.
The News-Star reports Onyemechara also will have to pay just under $122,000 in restitution to the city.
The Louisiana Legislative Auditor's Office conducted a two-year audit of the city department. The theft amount has been stipulated around $124,000 based on error logs maintained by various cashiers. Authorities believe other logs were shredded.

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