Former New Roads mayor T.A. “Tommy” Nelson Jr. admitted in May 2010 that he had accepted bribes from officials of a garbage can-cleaning service, an FBI agent testified Wednesday morning in Baton Rouge.
That was after agents had observed a meeting in which Nelson had accepted an envelope containing $5,000 in cash from one of the company’s officials, FBI Special Agent Tonja Sablatura added.
The corrupt businessman actually was an FBI operative.
“What was in the envelope?” asked Assistant U.S. attorney Corey A. Amundson.
“The cash,” Sablatura replied. “The $5,000.”
Sablatura said the envelope was still in Nelson’s shirt pocket when he was interviewed by FBI agents.
“He reached for the envelope, and handed it to us,” Sablatura testified. “He said: ?I guess I’ll give it to you guys.’”
Sablatura added: “He said he wanted to cooperate and tell the truth.”
The agent also said Nelson admitted telling the businessman he wanted 10 percent of all future revenue from the can-cleaning service.