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Canton alderman charged with bribery

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Louis Smith was arrested Wednesday afternoon. (Source: City of Canton) Louis Smith was arrested Wednesday afternoon. (Source: City of Canton)
Smith was released on $10,000 unsecured bond Thursday. Smith was released on $10,000 unsecured bond Thursday.
CANTON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Canton Alderman Louis Smith, who represents Ward 4, pleaded not guilty to a federal bribery charge in U.S. District Court Thursday.

Smith, 56, who was arrested by FBI agents at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon, was released on $10,000 unsecured bond.

Smith is accused in an indictment of accepting a bribe related to City of Canton transactions valued at $5,000 or more between May and October 2012.

According to the indictment, if convicted, Smith must forfeit the proceeds from alleged bribe, which is listed as $1,500.

The bribery charge carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine.

His family was in the courtroom to support him. His wife refused to reply to multiple questions from reporters as they left. But his brother praised him for his work with city government.

"Far as I'm concerned, the best thing that Canton had. Someone that stood up for righteousness," said his brother John Smith.

Smith was seeking re-election to the Canton Board of Aldermen. Madison County election officials finalized the election numbers Thursday morning, and Smith lost in a close race to Daphne Johnson Sims.

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