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Sep 1, 2011 6:19 PM by AP

La. man gets 17 years in prison in bribery case

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A businessman convicted of bribing two New Orleans city officials for millions of dollars in City Hall contract work has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison.

U.S District Judge Eldon Fallon on Thursday ordered 48-year-old Mark St. Pierre, of Belle Chasse, to report to prison by Oct. 14 and begin serving his 210-month sentence.

Fallon also ordered St. Pierre to pay a $50,000 fine on top of more than $3.2 million he already was ordered to forfeit.

St. Pierre was convicted in May of bribing former city technology chiefs Greg Meffert and Anthony Jones.

Meffert pleaded guilty to taking bribes from St. Pierre. He will be sentenced Jan. 5, 2012.

Jones pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery. Sentencing is set for Nov. 16.

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