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Feb 21, 2014 8:54 AM by AP (Photo courtesy MGN Online)

Judge sentences bit player in corruption scheme

A bit player in the corruption scheme that snagged two New Orleans City Hall technology chiefs, and ultimately former Mayor Ray Nagin, has been sentenced to four months in federal prison and five months of house arrest.
U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon imposed the sentence Thursday on Dwaine Hodges, who pleaded guilty and helped prosecutors convict his former boss, Mark St. Pierre, as well as Nagin.
Still, The Times-Picayune reports, the punishment was stiffer than Hodges' family and his attorneys expected especially after Fallon described Hodges as a mere "courier" in a bribery scheme involving St. Pierre and the city's former chief technology officer, Anthony Jones.
Jones admitted taking $22,000 in bribes from St. Pierre that Hodges helped deliver yet was sentenced to two years of probation.

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