Former Del. Ron Villanueva, R-Virginia Beach, served in Virginia’s House of Delegates from 2010 to 2018.

NORFOLK — A former Virginia state lawmaker has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison for misusing a program that awards contracts to businesses owned by women and minorities.

Former Del. Ron Villanueva of Virginia Beach was sentenced in federal court Tuesday, The Virginian-Pilot reported.

U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith dismissed the Republican’s request for house arrest. She told Villanueva: “You have done good things, but that doesn’t put you above the law.”

Federal prosecutors said Villanueva helped to secretly operate two businesses that were purportedly run by others.

Court documents said the companies, SEK Solutions and Karda Systems, received more than $80 million in contracts.

Villanueva served in Virginia’s House of Delegates from 2010 to 2018. He lost to a Democratic challenger in 2017.

— The Associated Press

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