BREAKING NEWS: Maurice Brown convicted on 11 counts; Mario Brown cleared on all charges

Staff reports

A jury Thursday afternoon found former White Castle mayor Maurice Brown on 11 of 13 charges, including violation of RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act), while Police Chief Mario Brown was acquitted on all charges.

Jurors returned the verdict after 20 hours in deliberation.

The former White Castle mayor – who served in that seat from 1993 until Jan. 1 of this year – was convicted of accepting kickbacks to help promote a bogus garbage can cleaning product called Cifer 5000.

Maurice and Mario Brown were accused of taking cash and sporting event tickets as bribes.

Mario Brown was re-elected to his second term as police chief last fall.