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Sentencing begins in Operation Illegal Motion

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Posted: Aug 19, 2010 11:27 AM by Russell Jones
Updated: Aug 19, 2010 4:13 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: bribery, sentencing, bell, james, holden, baton rouge, federal, court, ticket

Sentencing began today in Baton Rouge for ten city officials caught in a ticket-fixing scandal.

The case is part of a federal investigation called "Operation Illegal Motion", which led to the resignation and arrest of several local leaders.

Today, former senior city prosecutor Flitcher Bell was sentenced to 36 months in prison with three years probation, and required to pay a $2,000 fine as well as $100 per charge against him in court costs.

Also sentenced was Edward James, the former chief investigator of the public defender's office; he will spend 20 months in prison with a three-year probation, and pay $100 per charge in court costs.

Both men pleaded guilty to charges that they participated with others in a scheme to take cash bribes from people issued parking or speeding tickets, and then make the tickets go away.

Eight other people were arrested and convicted as part of Operation Illegal Motion include Evelyn Holden, the sister of Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden. She could be sentenced to serve up to five years in prison.

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