Former St. Gabriel Mayor Sentenced To 22 Years On Racketeering, Bribery Charges
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Former St. Gabriel Mayor George L. Grace Sr. has been sentenced to 22 years in federal prison for his March 3 conviction on seven charges that included racketeering, bribery, mail fraud and wire fraud.
The Advocate reports U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr sentenced Grace Monday in Baton Rouge.
Grace was prosecuted as a result of an FBI sting known as Operation Blighted Officials. The sting featured a fantasy company, Cifer 5000, that was promoted as a garbage-can cleaning service seeking municipal contracts in Louisiana.
Others convicted include former New Roads Mayor T.A. Nelson Jr., former White Castle Mayor Maurice Brown and former Port Allen Mayor Derek Lewis.