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Former Congressman Sentenced

Former Democratic Rep. Carl Christopher Perkins of Kentucky was sentenced Monday to 21 months in federal prison for improperly obtaining bank loans and misusing campaign money.

Perkins, a member of Congress from 1984 through the 1991-92 term, was also placed on three years’ probation, ordered to perform 250 hours of community service and told to complete any alcohol treatment program deemed necessary by his probation officer.

U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth did not impose a fine in light of a pre-sentencing report that Perkins was unemployed and faced tax liabilities of about $400,000.

He was allowed to remain free, pending a ruling on his request to be assigned to the federal prison camp at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

Perkins pleaded guilty in December to three counts, including check kiting.

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