Former president of Clarksville utility sentenced

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A former president of the Clarksville Department of Electricity has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for his role in a fraud, bribery and kickbacks scheme.

The Leaf-Chronicle reports that 55-year-old Rick R. Ingram of Simpsonville, S.C., was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to 46 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release.

According to testimony at his plea hearing, Ingram hired two consultants for the utility in November 2008. Between then and June 2009, authorities say the consultants and their business entities invoiced and received from the utility more than $188,000. Prosecutors say Ingram approved the payments of each invoice and received kickbacks of more than $67,000.

Ingram has also been ordered to repay the money invoiced.

His attorney told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he's discussing an appeal with his client.

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