Port Allen Police Chief Fred Smith was convicted Thursday on federal fraud charges.
A jury of four women and eight men in the Baton Rouge courtroom of Chief U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson returned the verdict at 3:40 p.m.
He is the fifth south Louisiana public official to be convicted in the FBI sting operation in which undercover agents posed as executives of a garbage-can cleaning service called Cifer 5000.
Smith received meals, money and a hotel room as payment for using confidential law enforcement databases to help the “business executives.”
Smith has been ordered by the judge to resign his position no later than Friday.
Smith said after court that Jackson’s order is appropriate and he will resign.
Former St. Gabriel George Grace is scheduled for trial in January in the sting operation.
White Castle Police Chief Mario Brown was acquitted of all charges in March.