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Sentencing set in extortion case

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Posted: May 18, 2010 7:40 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Poverty Point Reservoir District, Monroe, Joe Cleveland, Mike Thompson, public, corruption, Hobbs Act

The former director of the Poverty Point Reservoir District is scheduled to be sentenced June 16.

Mike Thompson was found guilty Jan. 20 of extorting state resources for his personal benefit.

A jury deliberated for nearly four hours before convicting Thompson on one count of violating the Hobbs Act, a law created to combat racketeering and is frequently used in cases involving public corruption.

The state's case against Thompson centered on the diary of Joe Cleveland, a former contract handyman for the district who claimed Thompson had him work on Thompson's personal property while billing the state.

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