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A former worker with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is heading behind bars for her role in a scheme that traded nonpublic information for sports tickets and other bribes.

LaFonda Lewis, of Maryland, was sentenced Wednesday to a year and a day in prison. The 57-year-old pleaded guilty in January to trading nonpublic information about pending contracts to a Maryland business owner for bribes totaling about $23,000.

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That business owner, 45-year-old Charles Thomas, pleaded guilty in May 2018 and is awaiting sentencing. Another HUD employee, 58-year-old Kevin Jones, pleaded guilty last month to a similar scheme involving Thomas and will be sentenced in June.

Lewis will also have to forfeit the value of the bribes and will spend another two years under supervised release.

Source: CBS Baltimore 

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