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Code inspector accused of trying to extort money from business

Jeremy Johnson (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office) Jeremy Johnson (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A code inspector is accused of trying to extort money from a Baton Rouge business, according to investigators.

The Baton Rouge Police Department said Jeremy Johnson, 29, of St. Gabriel, was arrested Wednesday.

Sgt. Don Coppola Jr. with BRPD said Johnson asked the business for $3,000 to do an unplanned inspection. He added when Johnson was questioned about the inspection, he allegedly lowered the fee to $2,800.

According to Coppola, when Johnson was told the business didn’t have that kind of money, Johnson allegedly agreed on $2,200 in cash or threatened to shut down the business. Police claimed Johnson offered the worker a ride to the bank.

Investigators said after a short phone conversation with the property owner, Johnson ran out of the business.

Johnson was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of attempted felony theft, extortion, malfeasance in office and public bribery.

Bond has not been set.

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