A businessman has been sentenced to three years of probation for helping a former Orleans Parish School Board member cash a check that federal prosecutors called a bribe.

Burnell Moliere pleaded guilty last year to participating in the transaction. In 2004, he deposited a $40,000 check given to Ellenese Brooks-Sims by political operative Mose Jefferson, the brother of former Congressman William Jefferson. Prosecutors say Moliere then returned the cash to Brooks-Sims in smaller payments to dodge federal bank reporting.

Mose Jefferson was acquitted of a bribery charge in that transaction, but was convicted on two other bribery counts involving Brooks-Sims. He and Brooks-Sims are awaiting sentencing.