Ex-council member convicted of extortion

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former Gretna city council member has been convicted of charges he took money in exchange for his support of zoning variances.

A federal jury deliberated for about four hours Friday before finding Jonathan Bolar guilty of all 13 counts in his indictment, including extortion, wire fraud and failing to file income tax returns.

During Bolar's trial, witnesses testified he extorted cash from them in exchange for his support of their business and residential projects. Some of the witnesses said Bolar claimed he needed to share that money with his colleagues on the City Council. Prosecutors didn't present any evidence that Bolar shared the cash.

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