Posted: Aug 31, 2011 5:54 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A businessman convicted of bribing New Orleans city officials in exchange for millions of dollars in City Hall contract work has been ordered to forfeit more than $3.2 million.
U.S District Judge Eldon Fallon's forfeiture order Tuesday came two days before he is scheduled to sentence 47-year-old Mark St. Pierre for his bribery and wire fraud convictions. He faces up to 55 years in prison.
The Times-Picayune reports Fallon also can order St. Pierre to pay more in restitution for the public money he received.
St. Pierre, of Belle Chasse, was convicted of bribing former city technology chiefs Greg Meffert and Anthony Jones.
Meffert pleaded guilty to taking bribes from St. Pierre. Jones pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery.