A code enforcement officer and inspector for the East Baton Rouge Department of Development has been arrested, accused of attempting to extort money from a Baton Rouge area business.
Jeremy Jamal Johnson, 29, of 835 Bayou Paul Lane, St. Gabriel, was booked on attempted felony theft, extortion, malfeasance in office and public bribery, Baton Rouge Police spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola Jr. said in a news release.
Johnson went to the business and requested $3,000 to conduct an unplanned inspection, Coppola said. When the business representatives questioned the inspection, Johnson lowered the fee to $2,800. After being told they didn’t have that kind of money, Johnson threatened to shut down the business unless he received $2,200 in cash, even offering to give one of the representatives a ride to the bank, Coppola said. After a brief phone conversation with the property owner, Johnson ran out of the business.
According to city-parish records, Johnson earned an annual salary of $38,900 a year and was hired in August of 2014.