Akron: Former State Official Gets Prison Sentence

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A former top official at the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation has been sentenced to five years and four months in prison.

Terrence Gasper had pleaded guilty last June to accepting bribes in exchange for doling out agency business. He could have been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison but got less in exchange for testifying against others involved in the scandal. He also was fined 60-thousand dollars today.

In federal court in Akron, Gasper apologized to his children and described his actions as "boneheaded." He was the chief financial officer for the bureau, which handles the state's insurance fund for injured workers.

Later today, he's to be sentenced in Columbus on state charges of money laundering.