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Mar 2, 2012 6:06 AM by AP

State's ex-abstinence program director sentenced

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A former director of the Louisiana Governor's Program on Abstinence has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison following her conviction last year on two counts of mail fraud.

U.S. Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux Jr. said Thursday that U.S. District Judge James J. Brady sentenced 64-year-old Gail Ray Dignam to 70 months in prison. He also ordered Dignam to pay restitution and to serve a year of supervised release after completing the prison time.

Dignam's indictment alleged she secretly directed about $9,000 in government funds to a son and another unidentified person.as part of a fraudulent scheme conducted from 2004 through 2006. Trial evidence showed that she used her position with the state to execute fraudulent contracts between the GPA and a contractor.

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