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Former White Castle Mayor sentenced to 10 years in prison

Staff reports

Federal Judge Brian Jackson on Wednesday sentenced former White Castle Mayor Maurice Brown to 10 years in prison.

Brown was convicted on 11 charges after he accepted bribes in return for promoting a bogus garbage can cleaning product called Cifer 500.

He and several other public officials – Port Allen mayor Derek Lewis, Port Allen Police Chief Fred Smith, New Roads Mayor Tommy Nelson and St. Gabriel Mayor George Grace Sr. – were targets of the investigation, known as Operation Blighted Officials.

Brown was the first public official to be sentenced in the investigation.

He is set to report to prison Nov. 14. He told reporters he plans to appeal the sentence.