A former official of the defunct Barnstable Federal Credit Union was sentenced to 37 months in prison by a federal court for his role in looting the institution.

Michael D. O'Neil, a former attorney for the credit union, received his sentence Jan. 9 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Mr. O'Neil was one of the founders of Barnstable Federal, Hyannis, Mass. During the late 1980s and 1990s, some of the managers engineered a real estate scam that bankrupted the $47 million-asset credit union.

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