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Ex-wildlife official sentenced for payoffs

3 years 8 months 1 week ago September 11, 2013 Sep 11, 2013 Wednesday, September 11 2013 September 11, 2013 1:34 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - A former Louisiana wildlife official has been sentenced to six months of home detention for accepting payoffs from a landfill company owner's businesses as a reward for trying to keep rival landfills closed.

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman also sentenced Henry Mouton to three years of probation, a $100,000 fine and 200 hours of community service. Mouton had faced a maximum five years in prison.

Justice Department prosecutors argued Mouton deserved some leniency for cooperating with a broader probe that fizzled.

Mouton allegedly received nearly $464,000 in bribes during his tenure as a wildlife commissioner. The company owner accused of paying Mouton wasn't identified, but his indictment said he touted River Birch landfill.

In March, prosecutors dropped a fraud case against River Birch executive Dominick Fazzio and his brother-in-law.

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