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A computer specialist who admitted his role in a scheme involving New York City's CityTime computerized payroll system has been sentenced to three years' probation

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NEW YORK — A computer specialist who admitted his role in a scheme involving New York City's CityTime computerized payroll system has been sentenced to three years' probation.

Carl Bell received the sentence Wednesday in Manhattan federal court.

The judge said he showed leniency because of Bell's cooperation with investigators.

Last year, three contractors were sentenced to 20 years in prison for their role in the scandal. Bell testified at their trial.

Bell pleaded guilty in 2011 to collecting $6 millions in kickbacks.

The CityTime project was meant to modernize the city's timekeeping and payroll systems across city agencies. The cost of the project ballooned from $73 million in 2000 to about $700 million by the time the defendants were arrested in 2010.

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