Ex-school board member admits role in bribery plot

(Source: MGN Online)
(Source: MGN Online)

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A former member of the St. Landry Parish School Board has pleaded guilty to plotting to take a bribe to support a candidate for superintendent of the school district.

John Miller faces a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine following his guilty plea Monday in U.S. District Court to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery.

Federal prosecutors say the 72-year-old Opelousas resident and another board member each accepted $5,000 bribes last year from a man who was serving as the district's acting superintendent and was 1 of 5 applicants for the position.

FBI agents taped the September 2012 meeting and confronted the two board members before they could vote.

Miller resigned from the board on Friday. A date for his sentencing wasn't immediately set.

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