Two brothers, two very different verdicts in "Blighted Officials" case
POSTED: Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 8:39pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 9:09pm
BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) - After a trial that lasted for more than a week, there were two very different verdicts for brothers Maurice and Mario Brown. Maurice, the former mayor, was found guilty on 11 of the 13 charges against him. These include racketeering, wire fraud, mail fraud and telephone fraud. Maurice was found not guilty on one count each of wire and telephone fraud.
His brother and the current White Castle police chief, Mario, was found not guilty on all eleven charges against him and is now a free man. Both were accused of taking bribes to bring a fake garbage can-cleaning company to their city.
Maurice is currently out on bond and is awaiting his sentencing hearing. Other “Blighted Officials” that will soon make their way to Federal Court include Saint Gabriel Mayor George Grace, Port Allen Mayor Derek Lewis and former New Roads Mayor Tommy Nelson.