By Associated Press - Tuesday, July 14, 2020

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former Louisiana state senator was sentenced Tuesday to four years of probation for lying to a federal agency about a hurricane recovery loan.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Orleans says Wesley Bishop, 52, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Guidry.

Bishop pleaded guilty in January.

Federal prosecutors say Bishop lied to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development by falsely claiming people were tenants at his rental property that was renovated with federal dollars through a state program.

As part of his plea agreement, Bishop agreed to pay $188,000 in restitution to the state office that administers the federal agency’s Small Rental Property Program.

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