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Jefferson ex-official sentenced to prison

BIRMINGHAM. (AP) — A former environmental sewer chief for Jefferson County has been ordered to spend eight years and six months in prison, pay a $250,000 fine and make $355,533 in restitution to the county.

U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler imposed the sentence on Jack Swann a day after sentencing F.W. "Pat" Dougherty to 51 months in prison, ordering him to pay a $750,000 fine and make $225,000 in restitution to the county in the same case.

The two sentencings stem from an FBI investigation of corruption in the county's $3 billion sewer-rebuilding program that prosecutors contend occurred from 1996 through 2003. Jurors convicted Dougherty and his firm of conspiracy to commit bribery and bribery involving Swann and ex-county commissioner Chris McNair.

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