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CISNEROS' EX-MISTRESS GETS JAIL TERM FOR LYING

The former mistress of ex-Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison Wednesday for lying to authorities about receiving hush money from him and concealing evidence.

In January, Linda Jones pleaded guilty to charges related to a 3-year-old investigation into whether Cisneros lied to the FBI about how much he paid her before his Cabinet nomination.

Ms. Jones, 48, agreed to the plea bargain just before her trial was to start. She pleaded guilty to conspiracy, bank fraud, money laundering and obstruction of justice. If she had been convicted on all 28 counts, she could have been sentenced to eight years in prison.

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