Nov 3, 2011 8:26 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Ex-Jindal staffer charged with taking cash bribe

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A former member of Gov. Bobby Jindal's staff is facing a possible federal prison sentence for allegedly trading a grant for a cash bribe.

The Advocate reports ( ) the U.S. District Attorney's Office filed a bill of information last week charging Jonetta Faye Bennett with theft or bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds.

Bennett resigned from the Governor's Office last year.

The federal bill of information charging Bennett stems from her work as a program manager for the Governor's Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities.

The document alleges Bennett solicited and accepted $8,000 in cash for the payment of $13,129 pursuant to a grant.

She could not be reached for comment Thursday morning.


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