May 18, 2010 9:54 AM by Sharlee Jacobs

Sentencing Set in Extortion Case

MONROE, La. (AP) - Mike Thompson, the former director of the
Poverty Point Reservoir District, is scheduled to be sentenced June
The News-Star reports Thompson was found guilty Jan. 20 of
extorting state resources for his personal benefit.
A jury deliberated for nearly four hours before convicting
Thompson on one count of violating the Hobbs Act, a law created to
combat racketeering and is frequently used in cases involving
public corruption.
The act, which prohibits any actual or intended extortion
affecting interstate commerce, carries a fine, a maximum sentence
of 20 years or both.
The state's case against Thompson centered on the diary of Joe
Cleveland, a former contract handyman for the district who claimed
Thompson had him work on Thompson's personal property while billing
the state.


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