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Monday, February 25, 2013

Vicksburg Mayor, rising star of the Democrat's new south strategy, busted for bribery, suspicion of sexual harassment of city employee

Gimmee $$$ ten grand and it's a done deal 

From Blog.GulfLive, "Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield arrested on federal bribery charges (updated)":
Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield has been arrested on a federal bribery charge based on allegations he sought a $10,000 payment for a city contract. 
The 39-year-old Democrat was scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate judge in U.S. District Court in Jackson on Thursday afternoon. 
The criminal complaint in the case says a confidential source called Winfield on July 17, 2012, to discuss "pre-event disaster contracts" with the city. The two allegedly met at a Jackson restaurant the next day, and the informant asked Winfield what it would take to get the contract. "Winfield responded 'Ten' and held up 10 fingers, signifying $10,000," the complaint says. 
If convicted, Winfield could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Allegedly promised female employee chief of staff position in return for sex
Winfield also is the subject of a sexual harassment lawsuit from a former city employee. In that lawsuit, the former employee said she had a consensual sexual relationship with the mayor but ended it when he became "physically abusive," according to the complaint filed Feb. 1, 2012. 
She said the mayor continued to make unwanted sexual advances and offered to pay her overtime that she had not earned. The lawsuit alleges Winfield retaliated when he was rejected by eliminating her position as chief of staff.

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