Ex-Vicksburg mayor to get change-of-plea hearing

Former Vicksburg mayor Paul Winfield was arrested by the FBI on Feb. 20, 2013.

Former Vicksburg mayor Paul Winfield was arrested by the FBI on Feb. 20, 2013.

VICKSBURG — A change of plea hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 16 for former Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield, who is charged in federal court with seeking $10,000 in cash in exchange for a city contract.

In an order filed yesterday, U.S. District Judge David C. Bramlette III scheduled the change of plea hearing for 10:30 a.m. in federal court in Natchez.

Winfield could face up to 10 years in prison.

The criminal complaint in the case says a confidential FBI informant called Winfield on July 17, 2012, to discuss “pre-event disaster contracts” with the city.

It says the two met at a Jackson restaurant the next day, and the informant asked Winfield what it would take to get the contract. The complaint says Winfield held up 10 fingers, signifying $10,000.

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