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St. Landry School Board members investigated for alleged bribery scheme

Two officials on the St. Landry School Board are being investigated by the FBI for allegedly trying to arrange a bribery scheme. Bribery, of course, is a white collar crime and is against the law.

The two board members allegedly tried to extort money from the acting superintendent of St. Landry school district, telling him they'd vote for him to be named permanent superintendent in exchange for $5,000 each.

The school board was to meet tonight to name a new superintendent, but that meeting has been postponed indefinitely in the wake of the FBI's investigation.

If they did indeed try to sell their votes, then the two school board members may have violated Louisiana Statute 14:118, which provides for a penalty of up to five years in state prison, a fine of up to $1,000 or both if a defendant is convicted.

None of the parties involved have commented much to local media about the matter, so they have not had a chance to tell their side of the story or explain, from their perspective, what happened.

Now, if the two school board members were indeed trying to sell their votes, they should be punished. We elect officials to serve the public interest, after all.

That being said, we all must be careful and try to avoid rushing to judgment. After all, at this point the bribery allegations are nothing more than that - allegations. Furthermore, no arrests have been made in connection with the incident.

Source: The Lafayette Advertiser, "FBI probes claims of extortion," Zane Hill, Sept. 26, 2012

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