Former Bush aide gets prison time

March 18, 2009 7:51:08 AM PDT
A former Bush White House aide was sentenced to 2½ years in prison for stealing nearly $600,000 from a government program that promotes democracy in Cuba. Felipe Sixto apologized Wednesday for stealing from the Center for a Free Cuba. He had pleaded guilty Dec. 19 to theft.

U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton sentenced him to 30 months in prison, three years supervised release and fined him $10,000.

Sixto quit his job as a special assistant to President George W. Bush for intergovernmental affairs almost a year ago after learning that the center was beginning legal action against him.

Sixto worked as the center's chief of staff before moving to the White House.

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