Oct 4, 2012 7:41 AM by AP/CS

Sentencing delayed for man who bribed La. sheriff

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A sentencing hearing has been postponed for a New Orleans businessman who pleaded guilty to bribing former Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Irvin "Jiff" Hingle over a jail construction project.

Aaron Bennett was scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 31, but U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. reset the hearing for March 6, 2013.

Court records don't explain why Duval postponed the hearing, but Bennett has been linked to a federal probe of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.

Bennett reportedly introduced Nagin to Frank Fradella, who has pleaded guilty to paying a former city official for favorable treatment of his business interests.

Authorities haven't identified the official Fradella allegedly conspired to bribe, but court documents said the official served during a period matching Nagin's tenure in office.

Nagin hasn't been charged.


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