A former White House aide to former U.S. President George Bush has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for stealing nearly $600,000 from a government-funded program that promotes democracy in Cuba.
A federal judge sentenced Felipe Sixto on Wednesday for the theft of funds from the Center for a Free Cuba.
Sixto resigned as a special assistant to President Bush for intergovernmental affairs last year, after learning the center was taking legal action against him.
He pleaded guilty to theft in December and apologized for the crime.
Sixto has admitted he bought bulk shipments of radios through two companies he created, then resold the equipment to the center at a higher price. He was the center's chief of staff before moving to the White House.
The Center for a Free Cuba is a non-profit institution dedicated to promoting human rights and democracy in Cuba.