NEW ORLEANS—Mose Jefferson will spend 10 years in prison for bribing a former New Orleans school board president.
In August, a jury convicted Jefferson of charges he paid kickbacks to Ellenese Brooks-Simms for her support in awarding school contracts to a computer-based teaching system he sold.
U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon on Thursday handed down the sentence against Jefferson, fined him $975,000 and ordered him to repay $913,000 to the Orleans Parish School Board.
Jefferson is a brother of former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, who is out on bond appealing a 13-year federal prison sentence for using his influence to broker business deals in Africa.
Mose Jefferson's attorney lost a bid to have his sentencing postponed until May, after his trial in a separate racketeering conspiracy case involving a former state representative and two other Jefferson relatives.