Mayor pleads no contest to corruption charges


The former mayor of a Louisiana town has pleaded no contest to charges related  to malfeasance and inappropriately leasing SUVs.

Former Clinton Mayor Lori Bell entered the plea Monday and gave up rights to a trial.

Prosecutors agreed to reduce Bell’s malfeasance charge to a public finance misdemeanor.

The court decided Bell couldn’t seek re-election, must submit to one year of probation, and must pay a compulsory fee of $500.

Bell was accused of leasing four SUVs for about $200,000 without the town board’s permission.

Bell resigned in November after a tumultuous term that has seen her arrested multiple times on malfeasance charges.

She was elected in 2012.

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