Posted: Sep 1, 2010 3:33 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Sep 2, 2010 11:31 AM
U. S. Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux announced today that two more public officials had been indicted in the ongoing federal investigation called "Operation Blighted Officials".
Cazayoux said Mayor Derek Lewis and Police Chief Fred Smith of Port Allen have been accused of racketeering, mail fraud, wire fraud, and other corruption charges.
The indictment alleges Lewis and Smith took bribes on several occasions for favors such as giving privileged law enforcement information to businesspeople, dismissing traffic tickets, and to use their positions of authority to promote a fake specialized garbage truck system called the "Cifer 5000".
"Public corruption, particularly within law enforcement agencies, cannot and will not be tolerated," Cazayoux said in a press release. "My office... will continue to aggressively pursue such matters wherever the evidence and facts take us."
If convicted, Lewis could face up to 190 years in prison and a $3,500,000 fine, while Smith could face up to 130 years in prison and up to $2,750,000 in fines.