In November 2010, James Allen Morgan, a former St. Louis city liquor control officer, plead guilty to bribery charges. Today, Morgan found out just how he'll be punished.
According to a Department of Justice press release, Morgan received the following sentence:
And what was Morgan's crime?
In short, Morgan used his position to bribe a liquor license applicant in exchange for monetary gain, and possible employment. The release explains:
"According to court documents, during November and December 2009, Morgan met with the applicant several times and suggested that he (Morgan) be hired to manage the new bar, receiving a salary plus a “signing bonus” in order to purchase an automobile. In return, Morgan promised the applicant that he could guarantee there would be no problem obtaining and maintaining a St. Louis city liquor license.
In December 2009, when the City of St. Louis issued the new liquor license, Morgan demanded and agreed to accept $1,000 cash from the applicant as a reward for his efforts in helping obtain the liquor license."