Hingle sentenced to 46 monthsJul 8th, 2013 | By Candace Griffin | Category: top story
On July 3, former Sheriff Irvin “Jiff” Hingle received his long awaited sentencing for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and bribery, and will be serving 46 months— 3 years and 10 months in prison. He will also be required to pay a $10,000 fine.
Hingle received his sentence after pleading guilty to U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Vance for accepting bribes from businessman Aaron Bennett, who owns Benetech. This company oversaw construction of the new Parish jail that would replace the one damaged in Hurricane Katrina.
Hingle pleaded guilty to these charges in November 2011, after resigning from his position as Sheriff in October 2011; but his sentencing had been moved back several times. Supposedly, because he was cooperating with prosecutors to provide them unspecified information about the case.
He admitted to receiving two different $10,000 payments from Bennett, after approving hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of contracts with Benetech.
After working with federal investigators, Hingle wore a wire and got Bennett to give a third $10,000 bribe.
Hingle also admitted to being reimbursed approximately $150,000 from his political campaign for personal or sheriff’s office expenses.
Of that money, Hingle claimed more than $100,000 in campaign expenses for personal or sheriff’s office services from Robert Berning Productions— a company that does promotional videos. Hingle mailed out these false expense reports, which prompted the mail fraud charges brought against him.
Hingle will be required to report to prison on September 16 of this year.