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NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A Slidell businessman who pleaded guilty to taking kickbacks from a subcontractor on a military construction project in Afghanistan has been sentenced to 10 months in federal prison.

Elton McCabe III pleaded guilty in May to a conspiracy charge.

McCabe worked in Afghanistan for an American company that provided construction services to the U.S. military. Federal prosecutors say he awarded a $3.2 million subcontract to an alleged co-conspirator's company in 2009 in exchange for $60,000 in kickbacks.

U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown also ordered on Thursday that McCabe forfeit $60,000.

Before he was charged in the scheme, McCabe was detained in South Sudan on charges he kidnapped an Indian businessman.

McCabe was ordered to report to prison on Oct. 15.

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