Ex-New Orleans school official pleads guilty
NEW ORLEANS - A former New Orleans school board member has changed his plea to guilty in a federal bribery case.
Ira Thomas pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery and wire fraud.
The hearing comes more than two months after U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite (poh-LEET') announced that Thomas had been indicted.
Thomas has resigned from the Orleans Parish School Board and as police chief at Southern University in New Orleans.
Thomas pleaded not guilty on March 9. But he also waived his right to have a grand jury hear the case and was charged in a bill of information - signals that he was cooperating with prosecutors.
Prosecutors allege that Thomas took a $5,000 bribe to help an unidentified person get a school system janitorial services contract.