Contractor sentenced in post-Katrina bribe case
NEW ORLEANS - A contractor who admitted bribing an official who oversaw New Orleans' anti-blight program after Hurricane Katrina was sentenced Thursday to a year of probation.
Earl Myers was also ordered to pay $173,000 in restitution by U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown.
Myers was one of four contractors accused of bribing Stacey Jackson.
The sentencing came just weeks after Jackson, the former head of New Orleans Affordable Homeownership, was sentenced to five years in prison for taking bribes from Myers and others.
Myers had been prepared to testify against Jackson, but pleaded guilty on the eve of a trial.
Myers' two companies were paid more than $500,000 for gutting and other work by NOAH, a city-funded nonprofit that played a leading role in the city's post-Katrina cleanup.