Jury set to decide Blighted Officials" case

Jury set to decide Blighted Officials
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 9:23pm

BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) – The racketeering case against one former White Castle official and his brother is now in the hands of six men and six women.

A jury must decide whether former Mayor Maurice Brown and his brother Mario Brown took bribes to bring Cipher 5000, a fake garbage-can cleaning company, to their city. Maurice is accused of accepting cash and tickets for college and professional football games. His brother allegedly accepted cash and tickets in return for improperly using confidential law enforcement databases to check for criminal histories.

The official charges against the brothers include four counts of mail fraud, five counts of wire fraud and ten counts of telephone fraud. If convicted on all charges, they face up to 170 years behind bars. The defense has attempted to persuade jurors that the brothers are innocent of all charges because FBI agents improperly entrapped their clients.

The Browns’ case is the first in a series of cases resulting from an FBI sting operation. Others facing charges include Saint Gabriel Mayor George Grace, Port Allen Mayor Derek Lewis and former New Roads Mayor Tommy Nelson.
 

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