Ex-AID Official Given Term in Embezzlement

Associated Press

A former Agency for International Development financial officer who admitted embezzling $1.37 million was sentenced Friday to five years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Norma Holloway Johnson ordered William J. Burns, 48, to begin serving his sentence immediately. Under a 1984 sentencing law, he cannot be paroled before serving the full five-year term.

The embezzlement scheme, which Burns told prosecutors began in 1980, began to unravel late last year when AID investigators discovered that he lived in a lavishly furnished, $300,000 home. His annual salary was $35,108.