Former White Castle Mayor Maurice B. Brown was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in federal prison for his March conviction on racketeering and fraud charges.

Chief U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson ordered Brown to report to prison on Nov. 14.

Brown is the first former public official to be sentenced as a result of a years-long FBI sting, known as Operation Blighted Officials.

The sting utilized undercover FBI agents and operatives to seek municipal contracts in the Baton Rouge area for a fictional garbage-can-cleaning service known as Cifer 5000.

Bribes were offered to several area officials, and some took the bait.

Bruce Craft, attorney for Brown, said his client will appeal his conviction and sentence.