FBI agent: Nelson asked for bribes

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Posted: Jun 16, 2011 12:23 PM by Russell Jones, Stephanie Ryan
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BATON ROUGE - Testimony continued today from an undercover FBI agent involved in the corruption investigation against former New Roads Mayor Tommy Nelson.

Nelson is accused of bribery as a result of the "Operation: Blighted Officials" sting operation that led to indictments against several public officials.

Agent Mike McKinney, who posed as a financer for a fake garbage can cleaning service called "Cifer 5000", told the jury Nelson claimed to have not asked for anything during the sting operation.

"He's saying, 'I never asked for anything, but if you want to give it to me, that's fine,'" McKinney said.

But he said after Aug. 2009 the FBI decided that if there was anything else Nelson wanted he would have to specifically ask for it, which he said Nelson did. McKinney said Nelson's wife was pregnant and redoing their house, so he needed money.

"I did not contact him. He always contacted me August 12 to September 16," he testified.

Defense attorney Page Pate told News 2 he expects to cross-examine McKinney this afternoon.

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