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Mayor's sister pleads guilty in corruption scheme

5 years ago November 19, 2009 Nov 19, 2009 Thursday, November 19 2009 Thursday, November 19, 2009 2:21:01 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Brian Waldrep

Evelyn Holden, the sister of Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden, has pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges.

It's all part of a major corruption scheme in Baton Rouge City Court.

Holden, and two others admitted they took bribes for the dismissals of cases and falsifying documents in court.

Evelyn Holden worked in the 19th District Judicial Court in the property records section for 11 years.  She wrote up her resignation on Thursday November 12, but didn't submit it until Wednesday November 18.

Clerk of Court Doug Welborn told News 2 Holden's involvement comes as a surprise.  He believes it is an isolated incident, but says his office will do a self evaluation and expects changes to some day to day business practices.

Holden took bribes, conspired with city prosecutor Flitcher Bell, to dismiss traffic cases in city court.

Baton Rouge City Court employee Ann Warr also admitted taking bribes for falsifying documents saying defendants who were ordered to complete community service did so, when they actually didn't.

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