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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Jefferson Parish Building Inspector Charged With Using Facility of Interstate Commerce to Promote Illegal Activity

NEW ORLEANS –  U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that ALTON MCCLINTON, age 54, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was charged yesterday in a one-count bill of information with using a facility of interstate commerce with the intent to promote unlawful activity, in violation of 18 U.S.C. ' 1952(a)(3).

According to the bill of information, between at least January 2014, and August 18, 2017, MCCLINTON, a building inspector for the Jefferson Parish (Louisiana) Department of Inspection and Code Enforcement, used the Internet to promote, manage, establish, carry on, and facilitate the promotion, management, establishment, and carrying on of an unlawful activity, that is, public bribery, in violation of Title 14, Louisiana Revised Statutes, Section 118, and thereafter performed and attempted to perform an act to promote, manage, establish, carry on, and facilitate the promotion, management, establishment, and carrying on of such unlawful activity.  Specifically, MCCLINTON, solicited and accepted bribe money from individuals seeking inspection reports in exchange for issuing either (1) a report reflecting that no zoning violation had occurred when, in fact, one had occurred or (2) an inspection report reflecting that MCCLINTON had inspected a particular building and that the building complied with parish building code regulations MCCLINTON when, in fact, MCCLINTON had not actually inspected the building.

If convicted, MCCLINTON faces a maximum term of five (5) years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000.00, up to three (3) years of supervised release after imprisonment, and a mandatory $100 special assessment.

U. S. Attorney Strasser reiterated that a bill of information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in investigating this matter, with the assistance of the Jefferson Parish Office of the Inspector General.  Assistant United States Attorney Jordan Ginsberg, supervisor of the Public Corruption Unit, is in charge of the prosecution.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Public Corruption
Updated February 13, 2019