Posted: Apr 19, 2012 6:32 AM by AP
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.