Two Louisiana Democrats Indicted For Buying Votes

A former Louisiana police chief and a city council member, both Democrats, have been charged with vote-buying.

Federal Grand Jury Charges

A federal grand jury has charged current city council member Kristian Hart and former Amite City police chief Jerry Trabona with participating in a vote-buying operation in a federal election five years ago.

Both Hart and Tarbona are accused of bribing voters to go to the polls and then paying them to vote for specific candidates. At the time, both were running for reelection.

Two other candidates in the same city recently plead guilty to similar charges related to the 2016 election.

Potential Sentences

Each man could face up to five years in prison if convicted. Their initial court appearances will be December 17.

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Rebecca Horvath
Rebecca Horvath
Rebecca Horvath is an editor and writer for NRN. For nearly a decade, Horvath wrote a regular Community Voices column for the Johnson City Press, where she was known to ruffle a few feathers. In 2018, she began writing for the National Federation of Republican Women, interviewing and profiling candidates such as Sen. Martha McSally and Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith. Horvath also contributes to