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Former New Orleans school board president sentenced to 1 year in prison

Ira Thomas (Source: Orleans Parish School Board) Ira Thomas (Source: Orleans Parish School Board)
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A former Orleans Parish school board president has been sentenced to one year and one day in prison. After that, he will serve one year of supervised release. He was also fined $4,000.

Thomas was sentenced Wednesday in federal court.

Ira Thomas, 57, stepped down from the board and from his job as police chief at Southern University in New Orleans after he was charged with corruption in March.

Thomas pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges in May. He admitted to taking a $5,000 payoff, disguised as a campaign contribution, in exchange for trying to rig a school janitorial contract.

As part of the deal, Thomas agreed to cooperate in the investigation by testifying before a grand jury or at trail.

The court said that Thomas' history of service to the city as an New Orleans police officer was a big factor in having his sentence reduced. He cold have received up to five years in prison and over $200,000 in fines.

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