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Glen Head man gets prison in bribery case involving federal housing contracts

A Glen Head man will spend six months of weekends in prison for promising a contractor federal housing contracts in exchange for nearly $145,000 in improvements to his home, officials said Friday.

Satnarine Seebachan, 52, oversaw the nonprofit Bronx Shepherds Restoration Corp.'s selection process for contractors bidding on contracts to rehabilitate low-income housing, officials said.

From 2006 to 2010, a contractor paid for marble that was installed at Seebachan's house and did major "beautification renovations to the driveway, front walkway, and back patio and pool area," U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement.

"Seebachan promised the contractor that he would ensure that the contractor received lucrative contracts to perform repairs on apartment buildings Bronx Shepherds owned and managed," Bharara said.

Last year, a jury found Seebachan guilty of bribery. New York Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott, whose office investigated Seebachan, said he faced a maximum prison term of 10 years.

U.S. District Judge George B. Daniels also sentenced Seebachan on Friday to five years' probation and 500 hours of community service. He must also pay a $10,000 fine.

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