Five years in federal prison, that's the sentence for one of Sheriff Marlon Gussman's top assistants.
A federal judge has handed down the sentence for John Sens in the bribery case involving contracts at the Orleans Parish Prison.
"According to court documents, Sens, the former Director of Purchasing at the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office ("OPSO"), began illegally receiving things of value from two contractors, identified as Businessman A and Businessman B in court documents, in exchange for a rigged bidding system employed to steer OPSO work to
Businessman A and Businessman B," according to a news release from the U.S. Attorny's office.
Sens pleaded guilty in the case.
What kinds of bribes did he receive?
The release says, "Sens received approximately $30,000 in cash from Businessman A, as well as the digging and installation of a pool at a residence owned by Sens, at no cost to him. Similarly, during this same period of time, Businessman B paid for the purchase, framing, and matting of several paintings (so-called "Blue Dog" prints) for Sens."