BR businessman pleads guilty in corruption case

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Posted: Feb 18, 2011 5:28 PM
Source: Associated Press

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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.

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