30 months for ex-state insurance official
BATON ROUGE - A former state insurance official who pleaded guilty to racketeering has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison for racketeering.
J. Walter Green, the acting U.S. attorney in Baton Rouge, says U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson also ordered 68-year-old Richard Chambers Sr. of LaPlace to pay a $10,500 fine and to forfeit $11,341.
Green says Chambers admitted two schemes when he entered Thursday's plea.
He says Green planned a kickback scheme in which he steered insurance business from municipalities and other entities to one agent. According to Green, Chambers estimated the scheme would bring between $200,000 and $4 million in commissions.
He also admitted taking $5,000 in bribes to provide an official letter of support to help convince private investors to put $500,000 into a supposed trash-can cleaning system.
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