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Businessman pleads guilty to bribing La. sheriff

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Posted: Oct 14, 2011 2:49 PM
Updated: Oct 14, 2011 2:49 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: wbrz, louisiana, new orleans, construction, jail, plaquemines, prison, bribery, conspiracy

NEW ORLEANS - A businessman who was overseeing construction of a jail in Plaquemines Parish has pleaded guilty to bribing the parish's sheriff, who also is charged in the case.

New Orleans resident Aaron Bennett faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison following his guilty plea Friday to bribery and conspiracy charges.

Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Irvin "Jiff" Hingle resigned last week just before the charges against him and the 42-year-old businessman were announced.

Federal prosecutors said Bennett paid Hingle $30,000 in bribes after the sheriff approved and paid invoices submitted by Bennett's company.

Also in federal court Friday, Hingle pleaded not guilty to a conspiracy charge.

Bennett is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 22.

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