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Port Allen police chief's trial delayed

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Posted: Jul 20, 2011 5:53 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: police chief, Fred Smith, Port Allen, corruption, trial

BATON ROUGE- Port Allen Police Chief Fred Smith's trial on federal charges of racketeering, wire fraud and mail fraud has been delayed.

U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson postponed the trial until Oct. 18. The Tuesday postponement occurred after a prosecutor reported a family member is undergoing treatment for a life-threatening illness.

The Advocate reports Smith is accused of accepting $3,200 in cash bribes from corrupt officials of a start-up garbage-can-cleaning service. The company, Cifer 5000, turned out to be part of an FBI sting operation. The corrupt officials actually were undercover FBI agents.

Former Port Allen Mayor Derek A. Lewis has pleaded guilty to related charges, as has former Councilman Johnny L. Johnson. Neither man has been sentenced. Both men agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors.

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