Former St. Tammany Parish coroner Peter Galvan was sentenced to 24 months in prison after pleading guilty to one count of conspiring steal public funds.
Galvan became the target of a state and federal investigation after a whistleblower brought attention to questionable spending practices.
The 24-month sentence was the highest recommended under federal sentencing guidelines.
In addition to the prison sentence, Galvan was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and pay a minimum of $193,388 in restitution. The final amount of restitution could increase if possible additional losses to the parish are documented.
Galvan offered his first public apology to St. Tammany Parish residents on Tuesday, telling the court before he was sentenced that he had "betrayed" their trust. He added, "I have ruined by career and my reputation."
The ex-coroner has been ordered to report for incarceration on April 11.
LISTEN: Terry and Linda King react to sentence with Fox 8's Lee Zurik