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Jun 22, 2011 9:32 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Monroe ex-tax chief heads to jail, fined $121K

MONROE, La. (AP) - The former director of the city of Monroe's Revenue and Taxation Department has been sentenced to 10 years of hard labor on each of 10 felony theft counts.
The sentencing was Tuesday in 4th Judicial District Court.
The News-Star reports 53-year-old Patrick Onyemechara will serve each of the sentences concurrently. Fourth Judicial District ad hoc Judge James Boddie suspended two and a half years of the sentence and said Onyemechara should get credit for time served. He also ordered Onyemechara to pay restitution to the city of Monroe in the amount of $121,688.
Boddie also imposed a special condition.
Onyemechara, who is a native of Nigeria, will not be allowed to apply for or have access to a passport and cannot visit any foreign countries.

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