HARAHAN, La. - A Gretna man has been charged with trying to bribe the Harahan Police Chief in an effort to get a liquor license for his business in that city.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Jihad Hatem Hamad, 26, approached Police Chief Jacob 'Mac' Dickinson in March and requested his support for a liquor license for Hamad's business, Harahan Cheap Smokes. Court documents said Hamad told Dickinson that a wealthy person would be willing to make a campaign contribution to the chief if he supported the defendant's application for a liquor license.
Dickinson met with the third person on several occasions and made recordings.
The U.S. Attorney's Office said that the other individual eventually paid Dickinson - who was acting as a cooperating witness, $3,000 in exchange for Dickinson not objecting to the license and arranging to have it on the agenda of the Harahan City Council.
On June 21, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Hamad participated in a conversation with Dickinson and the other individual, which was covertly recorded.
The defendant was taken into custody on Friday, June 22, at his place of business, Harahan Cheap Smokes, and is to appear before a United States Magistrate Judge on Monday, June 25 at 2:00 p.m.
If convicted, Hamad faces a maximum term of five (5) years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.