NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Justice Department prosecutors are recommending a prison sentence for a former Louisiana wildlife official who pleaded guilty in 2011 to taking payoffs from a landfill company owner's businesses as a reward for trying to keep a rival landfill closed.
Henry Mouton faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison, but prosecutors said in a court filing Tuesday that he deserves some leniency when U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman sentences him. Prosecutors argue Mouton should get credit for cooperating in a broader investigation, but they didn't recommend a specific prison term.
Earlier this year, the Justice Department dropped its fraud case against River Birch landfill executive Dominick Fazzio and his brother-in-law. The company owner who allegedly paid Mouton wasn't identified, but the indictment said he touted River Birch.