A federal judge sentenced a former Qwest executive to probation and a $5,000 fine yesterday and said no one charged in the government's...

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DENVER — A federal judge sentenced a former Qwest executive to probation and a $5,000 fine yesterday and said no one charged in the government’s highly touted investigation of fraud at the telecommunications giant will go to prison.

Thomas Hall, who pleaded guilty last year to a single misdemeanor count of falsifying documents, was the first person sentenced in a case then-Attorney General John Ashcroft announced as an example of the government’s intolerance of white-collar crime. Two years ago, a grand jury indicted four executives on 12 felony counts each.

Two of the men, Bryan Treadway and John Walker, were acquitted last year and a jury deadlocked on charges against Hall. Grant Graham was acquitted of three counts and later pleaded guilty to a felony charge of being an accessory after the fact to wire fraud.

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Hall, Graham, Walker and Treadway were accused of using a $100 million deal with Arizona’s public schools to report revenues the company had not yet earned to help Qwest meet internal revenue targets.