ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Raul Parra, a partner in the firm providing audio-visual systemsfor the Metropolitan Courthouse, has been sentenced to four yearsin prison for his role in a $4 million construction swindle.
A federal judge also ordered Parra to make restitution of$601,000 and pay a $10,000 fine.
Earlier in the day former state Sen.
Parra, Aragón and six others including the former courtadministrator have pleaded guilty to skimming more than $4 millionfrom construction of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Courthousein downtown Albuquerque. The schemers siphoned extra fundingobtained by Aragón by using bogus invoices submitted by Parraand others that were then approved by the court administrator.
Parra pleaded guilty to conspiracy and mail fraud.
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