POSTED: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - 4:47pm
UPDATED: Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 12:07pm
WHITE CASTLE, LA (NBC33) — Several town halls across Southeast Louisiana were raided by the F.B.I two weeks ago. Today, three city leaders face federal charges as a result of that investigation.
The Feds call the probe, "Operation Blighted Officials." It focused on the cities' dealings with two bogus businesses.
Several city leaders and council members from New Roads, White Castle, St. Gabriel and Port Allen received subpoenas to appear in Federal Court today and testify before a grad jury. The only Mayor who was part of the original F.B.I probe not to be summoned was Port Allen Mayor, Derek Lewis.
By this afternoon, Jurors decided there was enough evidence against three officials to warrant a trial. The Mayor of New Roads, Thomas Nelson, Jr was charged with Racketeering and corruption. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
White Castle Mayor Maurice Brown and his brother, Police Chief Mario Brown were charged with several crimes, including 20 counts of racketeering and corruption, mail fraud, wire fraud and other charges. If convicted, Mayor Brown faces up to 170 years in prison and a $3,250,000 fine. Chief Mario Brown faces up to 145 years in prison and a $3,000,000 fine.
Attached are copies of the indictments handed down by the U.S. Attorney's office today.
|Brown Maurice Brown Mario Indictment.pdf ||25.9 KB|
|Indictment (RICO) Brown.pdf ||54.5 KB|
|Indictment (RICO) Nelson.pdf ||16.59 KB|
|Nelson Thomas Indictment.pdf ||25.13 KB|