By Associated Press - Saturday, July 4, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former Orleans Parish School Board employee has pleaded guilty in a federal bribery case involving bids for a school system janitorial services contract.

Armer Bright was accused of helping former board member Ira Thomas arrange a kickback scheme.

Thomas pleaded guilty in May. His sentencing is pending.

Bright entered the plea this week, He will be sentenced Sept. 23. He faces up to five years in prison.

The allegations date back to the fall of 2013. Thomas is alleged to have taken a $5,000 bribe, disguised as a campaign contribution, to help an unidentified person get an advantage in bidding for a school system janitorial services contract.

Prosecutors say Bright helped arrange the bribe. The would-be contractor recorded subsequent conversations for federal investigators and discussed the arrangement with Thomas.

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