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Delaware man gets 2 years in campaign finance probe

WILMINGTON, Del. — A Delaware businessman who pleaded guilty in an illegal campaign finance scheme involving candidates for state and federal office has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Forty-one-year-old Christopher Tigani was sentenced Tuesday by a federal judge in Wilmington.

Tigani faced up to 16 years in prison after pleading guilty last year to two counts of making illegal campaign contributions and two counts of income tax fraud. He had asked that he be sentenced to home confinement and community service, while federal prosecutors called for at least 25 months behind bars.

Tigani admitted using his family’s alcoholic beverage distributorship to bundle illegal campaign contributions and engage in other prohibited activity. Court records suggest that some of the illegal contributions went to Vice President Joe Biden’s 2008 presidential campaign.