Eighth person accused in BR corruption case

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An eighth person has been accused of participating in a city court bribery scheme. Sixty-two-year-old Samuel L. Wilson Sr. of Baton Rouge has been charged in a bill of information with conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and with the use of an interstate facility in aid of racketeering.

He's accused of allegedly accepting or extorting bribes from people with pending criminal cases in Baton Rouge City Court, then sharing the proceeds with a prosecutor who would arrange for the matters to be dismissed or "fixed." Seven others have already pleaded guilty to charges resulting from the federal investigation dubbed Operation Illegal Motion.

Wilson faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 on the charge of conspiracy charge and up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the racketeering charge.

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