POSTED: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 2:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 2:04pm
Baton Rouge, La — A former court employee has been convicted of taking bribes in exchange for dismissing traffic offenses.
Ingrid J. Simon, 49, of Baton Rouge, took and solicited cash bribes on approximately 30 occasions while working as a clerk at the Baton Rouge City Court from 2007 through 2010.
During the hearing, Simon admitted that she would take and solicit cash in exchange for causing traffic matters to be dismissed.
As part of the scheme, Simon would cause the city court computer records to falsely reflect that the matters had been dismissed at the request of the prosecutor.
Simon pled guilty today to Using Interstate Facilities in Aid of Racketeering (Bribery). Simon faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The sentencing date has not been set.
United States Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux stated, “Our office, together with our federal, state, and local partners, will continue to aggressively and tenaciously root out public corruption wherever found. Our citizens deserve a criminal justice system based on the merits alone, free from the inequality and injustice that comes from corruption. Our local and state courts are full of many honest employees whose good work should not be overshadowed by such corruption.”