Ex-La. Official To Be Arraigned In Payoff Case
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former Louisiana wildlife official is scheduled to be arraigned this week on charges he took payoffs from a landfill company owner's businesses for his work in trying to keep a rival landfill closed.
A court filing Monday says former state Wildlife and Fisheries Commissioner Henry Mouton's arraignment before a federal magistrate is set for Thursday afternoon.
An indictment last month accused Mouton of concealing his financial motives when he lobbied members of Congress for their help in keeping the Old Gentilly Landfill closed. Mouton also is accused of trying to persuade federal authorities to investigate the New Orleans landfill.
The indictment doesn't name the businessman whose companies allegedly paid Mouton more than $463,000, but the document says Mouton had touted River Birch Landfill.