E-Rate Bid-Rigger Gets Year In Prison

Law360, New York (June 22, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT) -- An admitted bid-rigger who defrauded the federal E-Rate program was sentenced in Louisiana on Tuesday to one year and one day in prison, making him the 17th person put away for fleecing the program that helps poor schools get Internet access.

Tyrone Pipkin, who was also ordered to pay a $6,000 fine, pled guilty in March to one count of conspiracy to defraud the federal government. The charge carried a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $25,000 fine, but prosecutors asked for leniency...
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