Former Monroe councilman Stevens pleads guilty to RICO charge

Shreveport — U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced Thursday that former Monroe City Councilman Robert E. “Red” Stevens pled guilty to accepting bribes from an FBI cooperating witness in exchange for help with matters pending before the City Council.

The guilty plea was entered in federal court in Shreveport Thursday before U.S. District Court Judge Donald E. Walter.

Stevens was indicted in 2010 and charged with violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, more commonly known as RICO, and the Hobbs Act, which involves extortion by a public official.

During Thursday’s court appearance, Stevens pled guilty to the RICO violation. Pursuant to a plea agreement with the government, the Hobbs Act count will be dismissed after sentencing.

Stevens admitted in court filings that on three separate occasions in 2008 and 2009, he accepted cash bribe payments from Monroe businessman Eddie Hakim, who was working as a cooperating witness under the direction of the FBI. The payments were in exchange for Stevens’ assistance with matters pending before the City Council.

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