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Ex-Florida School Board Official Gets Community Service

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Posted at 6:53 PM, Jan 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-27 18:53:00-05

NEW YORK (AP) - A former Palm Beach County, Florida, school board official has been ordered to perform 200 hours of community service after pleading guilty to a federal charge in New York.

Federal Judge Alison Nathan said prison time was not necessary for 66-year-old Michael Murgio. He pleaded guilty in October to trying to obstruct examination of a financial institution. He could have faced a year and four months in prison.

He was on Palm Beach County's school board when he was arrested last April.

Before he was sentenced, Murgio cried as he expressed remorse. He said he could not have imagined in his worst nightmares that one day he would be standing before a judge for sentencing.

He called it a terrible part of his life.