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Apr 19, 2012 7:32 AM by AP

Railroad's ex-general manager sentenced

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The former general manager of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad has been sentenced to two years of probation after admitting misusing the agency's money.

Fifty-six-year-old James Bridger pleaded guilty last August to a federal charge that he used his agency credit card to spend more than $5,600 on meals, entertainment, alcoholic beverages and other personal expenses. Bridger faced up to 10 years in prison.

The Times-Picayune reports Bridger also has paid $5,667 in restitution. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval on Wednesday ordered him to pay a $10,000 fine.

Bridger, who resigned in 2010, also pleaded guilty to state charges of theft and malfeasance. Sentencing is set for May 3.

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