BR businessman pleads guilty in corruption case
NEW ORLEANS - A Baton Rouge man has pleaded guilty to conspiring to bribe a former New Orleans city official in a kickback scheme involving contracts for the city's crime surveillance program.
Prosecutors say 51-year-old Dwaine Hodges helped a businessman, Mark St. Pierre, funnel payoffs to Anthony Jones, who was the city's chief technology officer.
Hodges faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine following his guilty plea Friday. His sentencing is set for May 26.
St. Pierre is scheduled to be tried in May.