Thursday, June 21, 2007

William Jefferson brother involved in Bribery


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former Orleans Parish School Board president, who ran as a corruption fighter, pleaded guilty today to taking more than $100,000 in bribes to help an unidentified business consultant win school board contracts for his employer.

Ellenese Brooks-Simms was charged today in a federal bill of information with conspiracy to commit bribery. She pleaded guilty before US District Judge Lance Africk.

The charges against her do not name the person who paid her. The Times-Picayune reports today -- quoting unidentified sources -- that Brooks-Simms allegedly took the bribe from Mose Jefferson -- the brother of US Representative Bill Jefferson, who is facing unrelated corruption charges in Virginia.