Prosecutors on Thursday played video and audio recordings of former New Roads Mayor Tommy Nelson accepting $5,000 in alleged bribes on two occasions from an undercover FBI agent.
Both payments occurred in 2009 at a food court inside Cabela’s at Gonzales. The cash was in an envelope folded inside newspapers.
At one point during the sting operation, investigators wondered whether Nelson was an honest public official, FBI Special Agent Mike McKinney testified in Baton Rouge federal court.
“He (Nelson) made it clear that he’s not that kind of person,” McKinney told the jury and assistant U.S. Attorney M. Patricia Jones.
Nelson, 41, is fighting charges of racketeering, wire fraud, use of telephones in aide of racketeering and lying to FBI agents.
Nelson is accused of accepting bribes totaling more than $22,000 in return for his pledge to steer business to a garbage can-cleaning company. The company was a fictitious creation of the FBI.
Nelson’s attorneys, Page A. Pate, of Atlanta, and Michael A. Fiser, of Baton Rouge, have said they may seek dismissal of the charges of entrapment by undercover investigators.