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Milwaukee man gets jail time for accepting kickbacks in federal program

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A Milwaukee man will spend five months in jail for taking thousands of dollars in kickbacks as part of a federally funding training program for minority contractors.  

69-year-old Homer Key was convicted by a jury last month of conspiracy, theft by fraud, and forgery in a scheme he carried out with the program's leader, Frieda Webb. She was put on a year of probation Monday, after her case was bargained down to misdemeanor theft.  

Besides the jail time, Key must also spend two-and-a-half years on probation and perform 100 hours of community service. If he doesn't follow the terms, he'll go to prison for 15 months.

Webb hired Key in a series of no-bid contracts that paid him up to $40,000 a year for seven years ending in 2011.

The judge said county officials had rubber stamped whatever Webb did while Key did hardly anything -- but her conduct with key was at the center of the problem. Webb and Key said they never committed a crime, and their final contract was meant to correct earlier payment errors.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)