SPRINGFIELD -- Raymond B. Asselin Jr., son of a longtime Springfield Housing Authority director, was sentenced yesterday to 14 months in prison for his part in a scheme that defrauded the agency of at least $6 million.
Asselin pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery, conspiracy to rob the government, and obstruction of justice. He was the second family member to be sentenced in the case that involved his father and several relatives.
His brother, James, was sentenced to 18 months in prison on Wednesday. All but one year of James Asselin's sentence will run at the same time as a 41-month term he is serving from an earlier city corruption case.
Nine family members, including Raymond Asselin Sr., who headed the housing authority for three decades, were charged in a 122-count criminal indictment in 2005 along with another authority executive and three contractors.
A dozen defendants agreed to a global plea bargain that included paying restitution of $4.4 million. Among the allegations against them were taking bribes from contractors and making large-scale home improvements and getting auto repairs at public expenses.