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Jul 23, 2013 10:34 AM by AP/CS

Home-elevation consultant sentenced to 10 years

GRETNA, La. (AP) - A consultant already serving federal and state prison sentences for bribing state officials in the home-elevation grant program, pleaded guilty to six counts of theft, for taking money from people but not doing the work.

The Times-Picayune reports 45-year-old Rickey Davis, of Avondale, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday, which he will begin serving after he's finished the seven-year term he received for bribing state officials to get lists of names of people already approved for grants in the federally financed, state-run Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

Davis entered what's known as an "Alford plea," in which he denied guilt but pleaded guilty because otherwise he risked being convicted at trial in light of the evidence against him.

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