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Ex-Miami Commissioner Gets Prison

May 14, 1999

MIAMI (AP) _ A former Miami city commissioner serving time in prison for voter fraud has been sentenced to four years in federal prison and $3.2 million in restitution in a separate mortgage fraud case.

Humberto Hernandez, sentenced last year to 364 days in prison on the fraud charges, will serve the sentences concurrently, U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard said Thursday.

He would be eligible for parole in three years.

Hernandez was elected to the city commission in 1996. He was convicted in August 1998 of a misdemeanor voter fraud charge stemming from accusations that he covered up an illegal absentee vote by a secretary.

A week after his conviction, Hernandez reached a plea agreement on separate charges that he was part of a mortgage fraud ring.

Hernandez was among several elected and appointed Miami officials charged in wide-ranging public corruption investigations.

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