Former abstinence director sentenced

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Posted: Mar 1, 2012 4:57 PM
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BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's former director for the Governor's Program on Abstinence has been sentenced to six years in prison.

64-year-old Gail Ray Dignam was convicted last year on two counts of mail fraud.

U.S. District Judge James J. Brady also ordered Dignam to pay restitution and to serve a year of supervised release after completing her prison term.

Dignam was indicted on charges that she secretly directed about $9,000 dollars in government funds to her son and another unidentified person.

Trial evidence also showed that she used her position with the state to execute fraudlent contracts between her office and a contractor.

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