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Advertising executive Paul Coffin (CP Photo/Paul Chiasson)

Advertising executive Paul Coffin won't be going to prison. Coffin -- the first person charged in the federal sponsorship scandal -- has been given a conditional sentence of two-years less a day to be served in the community. He must obey a curfew of 9 p.m. on weekdays and must speak publicly about his experience.

In May, Coffin pleaded guilty to 15 fraud charges. The Crown had asked for a 34-month sentence while Coffin's lawyer had suggested a conditional sentence.

Coffin admitted defrauding the federal government of $1.5 million between 1997 and 2002 for doing little or no work. He has reimbursed the government about $1 million.

Coffin was originally charged with 18 counts of fraud, but three of those charges were withdrawn. His jury trial had been set to start June 6.

The head of Coffin Communications was arrested in September 2003 on charges relating to federally sponsored events which took place between 1997 and 2002.

In his testimony at the Gomery inquiry in April, Coffin said he repeatedly produced fake invoices, overbilling the federal government for thousands of dollars for work that was never done on sponsorship projects.