- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former employee of the New Orleans school system has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for his role in a case that also resulted in prison for an elected school board member.

Fifty-one-year-old Armer Bright of Baton Rouge was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District court. He had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery and wire fraud. Prosecutors said he was part of a 2013 scheme in which former board member Ira Thomas took a $5,000 bribe to influence the awarding of a janitorial services contract.

Thomas, a former police chief at Southern University in New Orleans, also pleaded guilty in the case. He was sentenced to a year and a day in prison at a hearing in September.

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