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Sep 1, 2010 9:38 PM by Alison Haynes

Port Allen mayor, police chief indicted

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Port Allen's mayor and police chief have
been indicted on federal racketeering charges for allegedly taking
bribes from businesspeople.
The charges against Mayor Derek Lewis and Police Chief Frederick
Smith in Wednesday's 22-count indictment include violating the
Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, mail fraud and
wire fraud.
The indictment claims Lewis and Smith accepted around $20,000 in
cash and other items of value in exchange for using their positions
to benefit businessmen in more than $5 million worth of
transactions.
Lewis allegedly took bribes to promote a "conceptual" product,
a garbage can cleaning service called "Cifer 5000."
Smith is accused of fraudulently providing confidential law
enforcement information to businesspeople, cormbs ly dismissing
traffic tickets and agreeing to commission one of the
businesspeople as a police officer.

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