Ex-Georgia rep to serve 63 months for money laundering

ATLANTA (AP) -- A former Georgia state lawmaker has been sentenced to 63 months in federal prison for defrauding his church and for money laundering.

Lawyers for former state Rep. Ron Sailor Jr. had asked U.S. District Judge Jack Camp to sentence Sailor to 30 months on probation. A Democrat, Sailor represented parts of DeKalb and Rockdale counties in the Atlanta suburbs. The judge sentenced Sailor on Tuesday.

Federal agents arrested him Dec. 19 and took $300,000 in cash that they say he planned to launder. Sailor admitted wrongdoing and agreed to cooperate with federal authorities in a corruption investigation.

Before entering that plea, Sailor took out a fraudulent $250,000 loan and used his southwest Atlanta church as collateral.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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