- Associated Press - Monday, June 16, 2014

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Former D’Iberville City Manager Michael Janus has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for fraudulently obtaining an $180,000 finders’ fee for a company he co-owns with businessman Scott Walker.

Prosecutors say the fee was paid by the city for helping D’Iberville acquire a $3 million Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality grant.

U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett also Monday placed Janus on three years’ supervised release and ordered $180,000 in restitution to be paid to the city of D’Iberville.

Scott Walker’s sentencing date is July 23.

Janus pleaded guilty in February to one count of defrauding the city of $180,000 in grant money by steering a 6 percent commission on a $3 million grant to a company Walker controlled. The grant was to help build the planned Ocean Expo.

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