- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans businessman, who said he tried to bribe former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, and who pleaded guilty to bribing former Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Jiff Hingle in exchange for a contract, has been sentenced to 15 months in prison.

Aaron Bennett was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval.

In addition to bribing Hingle, Bennett also accepted responsibility for bribing Nagin with a free plane ride to Chicago and Las Vegas in 2007.

Bennett had his sentencing pushed back several times until after the federal corruption trial of Nagin, although he wasn’t called to testify.

Bennett, who has been in custody for nearly eight months since his bond was revoked, will be given credit for time served.


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