NEW ORLEANS — Two Gretna businessmen have been sentenced to prison terms for their roles in a plot to bribe former Harahan Police Chief Mac Dickinson to obtain a liquor license for their convenience store.
U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon on Thursday sentenced 51-year-old Zuhair Hamed to 20 months in prison. The other defendant, 27-year-old Jihad Hatem Hamad, was sentenced to six months in prison followed by six months of home confinement.
They pleaded guilty in July to conspiracy charges.
Prosecutors say Dickinson contacted the FBI after Hamad told him his father was a wealthy man who would be willing to contribute to the chief's political campaign in exchange for approving a permit to sell wine and hard liquor at the store Hamad owned.
Hamed later paid the chief a total of $3,000.