Greg Meffert sentenced after emotional plea to the court

Greg Meffert made an emotional plea to the court before he was sentenced Thursday.

"It is true that I lost everything I had," he said. "I even lost my name. Now, I am nobody and I have no one to blame but myself."

The city's former chief technology officer was sentenced to two and half years for his crimes. He was facing eight years after he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bribery and one count to filing false tax returns.

He admitted to personally making hundreds of thousands of dollars by steering millions of dollars of no-bid work for the city's crime cameras to a company owned by businessman Mark St. Pierre.

As part of his plea, Meffert agreed to fully cooperate and provide truthful testimony in the trial against Former Mayor Ray Nagin. Meffert testified that St. Pierre bankrolled lavish vacations to the Nagin family and hundreds of thousands of dollars in political contributions in exchange for the city work.

Meffert will likely be sent to a prison in Texas near his family, and he will have to report on Jan. 3.

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