Alderman arrested on federal bribery charges

CANTON — A Canton alderman is facing bribery charges.

Louis Smith was arraigned in federal court in Jackson yesterday, entering a not guity plea, The Clarion-Ledger reports.

Smith was arrested Wednesday. Unofficial results show the 56-year-old, three-term alderman lost his Democratic primary re-election bid Tuesday in Canton.

He faces one felony count of bribery, which carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence and fine of up to $250,000.

No details about the charge were given during Smith’s detention hearing yesterday. An April 16 indictment asks that Smith forfeit $1,500 if convicted.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda Anderson set a $10,000 bond for Smith. He will be allowed to work, but can’t have a firearm.

Trial was set for July 9. Smith will be represented by attorney Michael Scott, a federal public defender.

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