Officials indicted on bribery charges

November 14, 2008 2:27:28 PM PST
The mayor pro-tem and a city alderman in Hempstead have been indicted on federal bribery charges alleging they took kickbacks from a contractor in exchange for city contracts. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Mayor Pro-Tem Larry Wilson, 42, and city alderman Paris Kincade, Jr., 53, are accused in a five-count indictment of soliciting, demanding and accepting bribe money or kickbacks from a local contractor, "intending to be influenced and rewarded in connection with the eventual award of city contracts," said the indictment, unsealed Friday.

It wasn't immediately clear if the men had lawyers to comment on their case Friday.

Wilson and Kincade were arrested on Friday morning. They were expected to make their initial appearances before a U.S. Magistrate Judge on Friday, said Nancy Herrera, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Houston.

According to the indictment, Wilson and Kincade conspired with one another beginning in December 2006 and "corruptly solicited, demanded, accepted and agreed to accept monies from a contractor."

Wilson and Kincade are also each charged with two counts of individually violating federal programs fraud. If convicted on all counts, the two could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for violating any one of the several substantive counts of federal programs fraud.

Hempstead is located about 50 miles west of Houston.

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