Jul 14, 2010 8:23 PM by Chris Welty
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - White Castle Mayor Maurice Brown, one of
three public officials indicted in a federal investigation, has
pleaded not guilty to 13 criminal counts, including racketeering
He also faces four counts of mail fraud and two counts of wire
If convicted on all counts, he faces the possibility of 170
years in prison and $3 million in fines.
Brown's attorney, Bruce Craft, told WAFB-TV after the plea
Wednesday that his client is innocent.
The mayor is accused of promoting a conceptual garbage can
cleaning product called Cifer 5000. According to the indictment,
unnamed businessmen selling the product treated Brown and his
brother, Police Chief Mario Brown, to football tickets and luxury
hotel stays in exchange for getting millions of dollars in
financing from an EPA grant.
Mario Brown faces arraignment next week.
New Roads Mayor Tommy Nelson is the third official indicted in
the federal investigation.