Posted: Jan 23, 2011 12:55 PM by Chris Welty
Updated: Jan 23, 2011 12:55 PM
RICHWOOD, La. (AP) - A former northeastern Louisiana mayor is
scheduled for sentencing Monday after being convicted of
malfeasance in office.
Ed Harris was found guilty in October on a charge that stems
from $90,000 the mayor allegedly paid himself and other town
employees as he prepared to leave office in 2008.
Harris served as mayor of Richwood for 24 years. After being
defeated in 2008, Harris was elected to the Richwood Board of
Aldermen in October. He resigned after being convicted.
When Harris took the witness stand during his trial, he said he
felt he was entitled to the money he paid himself because he hadn't
taken a vacation during his entire tenure as mayor.
Harris faces a maximum sentence of five years and a $5,000 fine.