“Corruption must and should be rooted out; however, there is a difference between a $3,500 bribe and conspiracy to commit wire fraud of more than $80,000,” Spencer wrote.
Sirdah apologized to U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May for his actions.
“I know I've made a mistake,” Sirdah said in court. “It’s an embarrassment to me and my family. … I really apologize.”
Besides their prison sentences, Clark was ordered to pay a $3,500 fine, and Sirdah must pay a $10,000 fine.