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August 13, 2009

CITY OF HEMPSTEAD OFFICIALS CONVICTED OF BRIBERY SENTENCED

(HOUSTON) – Former City of Hempstead Mayor Pro-Tem Larry Wilson and City Alderman Paris Kincade were sentenced to prison terms for accepting bribe money or kickbacks in exchange for awarding city contracts, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today. Larry Wilson, 42, and Paris Kincade, 53, both of Hempstead, Texas, pleaded guilty in February 2009 to conspiring to commit Federal Programs Fraud and were sentenced today. 

Both men have acknowledged they assisted a cooperating witness, a contractor, to obtain approved vendor status with the City of Hempstead in exchange for bribes. Beginning in December 2006, Wilson, the then Mayor Pro-Tem and City Alderman of the City of Hempstead, and Kincade, a City Alderman, corruptly solicited and accepted monies intending to be influenced and rewarded in connection with the eventual award of city contracts. Wilson accepted a $10,000 bribe while Kincade accepted a $3,000 bribe in connection with demolition contracts valued at $19,650. Both men accepted the bribes in return for their vote and assistance to the cooperating witness which lead to four contracts for demolition. Wilson was captured on tape explaining how the cooperating witness could inflate city contracts stating, “It take[s] you 10 thousand to tear that down. You tell me it’ll take you 15.” Wilson discussed potential contracts worth more than $160,000. Kincade was captured on tape assuring the cooperating witness of his and Wilson’s support, “You know you got me and you know you got Wilson.” 

Today, Judge Keith Ellison sentenced Wilson to 12 months and one day in federal prison to be followed by a three-year-term of supervised release and fined him $3,000. Kincade was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment to be followed by a two-year-term of supervised release and was also fined $3,000. Both men have been permitted to remain on bond pending the issuance of an order of the court to surrender to a Bureau of Prisons facility to be designated in the near future.

The City of Hempstead is located approximately 50 miles west of Houston in Waller County.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael Wright and investigated by special agents of the Houston FBI.

 

 

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