UPDATE: Port Allen Mayor pleads guilty, steps down
POSTED: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 9:23am
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 5:14pm
BATON ROUGE (NBC33) — UPDATE:
Port Allen Mayor Derek Lewis has pleaded guilty to Count 1 of the indictment against him - which is a violation of the RICO act, or racketeering. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors recommend Lewis pay back $18,990 dollars he admits taking from undercover FBI Agents posing at Cifer 5000 Agents. He would also be released under supervision for at least 2 years, but not more than three years. NBC33 has learned sentencing is scheduled for October 5, 2011. NBC33 will continue to track this story - and bring you the latest developments as they unfold.
According to sources close to the investigation, Port Allen Mayor Derek Lewis will plead guilty to charges of racketeering and fraud in federal court today. He will also step down as Mayor of Port Allen, signing the official documents in court this morning.
Port Allen Mayor Pro Temp R.J. Loupe will serve as interim Mayor. He said he got a call from attorneys for the city Tuesday morning saying he would take over the seat temporarily. Loupe is out of town now, but will head back to Port Allen today. He has served as Mayor Pro Temp since 1970 and says he has known Mayor Lewis since he was just a child. Loupe says all he can do for his friend now is pray.
Following an FBI raid on city hall in June of 2010, Mayor Lewis told NBC33 News he felt, "kind of nervous. When the FBI shows up at your office and says look, we've got subpoenas slash a warrant to look at your computer, go through all your files and I say, well, I'll cooperate in any manner whatsoever."
Tune in to NBC33 News at 5pm for a full report and reaction from Port Allen residents.