Ala. man gets 60 years for contractor fraud

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former Alabama state legislator has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for stealing more than $240,000 from Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans who paid him for modular homes he never delivered.

A spokesman for the Orleans Parish district attorney's office said the sentence handed down Friday against 63-year-old John Colvin, of Rainbow City, Ala., is one of the longest prison sentences for contractor fraud in Louisiana history. Colvin pleaded guilty in November to six counts of felony theft. State District Judge Darryl Derbigny sentenced him to the maximum 10 years in prison per count and ordered them to be served consecutively. Colvin's victims included elderly residents of the city's Lower 9th Ward whose homes were demolished by the August 2005 storm.

Prosecutors say Colvin never delivered any of the homes he sold and ignored his victims' requests for refunds.

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