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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- A former TVA contract safety manager wants to fire his lawyer as he awaits sentencing in a fraud conviction.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/XDmLGg ) reported Walter Cardin told U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Collier at a hearing on Monday that attorney Bruce Gardner had not returned his calls or emails since the November trial. Cardin, who is 55, was convicted on eight counts of fraud.

Jurors found Cardin -- who is from Metairie, La. -- guilty of providing false and misleading information about injuries at nuclear power plants. The information covered the Browns Ferry, Sequoyah and Watts Bar plants during the period 2004-2006.

Collier told Cardin there was no constitutional reason to remove Gardner.

Cardin faces up to eight years in prison. No sentencing date has been set.

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