Trial to begin for former mayor of St. Gabriel
BATON ROUGE - The trial of former St. Gabriel Mayor George L. Grace opens Monday with jury selection.
Grace was charged in September 2010 with several charges, including racketeering, extortion, obstruction of justice, bribery, mail and wire fraud as part of the FBI's "Operation Blighted Officials" sting.
Five other area officials either pleaded guilty or were convicted as a result of the sting involving undercover agents posing as corrupt executives offering bribes for help in gaining municipal business for a fictional garbage can-cleaning service called Cifer 5000.
Grace was the first official approached by the investigators, according to evidence presented by prosecutors in prior trials.
He allegedly pointed the posers to three other mayors who would accept cash in return for promises to steer business to Cifer.