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Florida woman gets 2 years for bribery scheme involving LSU Health Sciences Center

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SHREVEPORT, Louisiana — A Florida woman has been sentenced to two years in prison for mail fraud linked to a bribery scheme involving a former staff member at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley said Monday that 53-year-old Rita M. Myler, of Miramar Beach, Florida, was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $531,976 in restitution.

According to her guilty plea, Myler paid kickbacks from July 2001 to July 2008 to Anthony Roggero, assistant director of the LSUHSC's Human Leukocyte Antigen Laboratory so that he would continue buying products from her company, Sangre Biologicals.

Roggero, of Shreveport, pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud for his role. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay $200,000 restitution.

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