Former liquor control officer sentenced on bribery charges -

Former liquor control officer sentenced on bribery charges

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- The United States Attorney’s Office Wednesday sentenced James Allen Morgan to five months in prison, five months of home confinement and two years of supervised release for soliciting monetary benefits.

Morgan, 42, who used to work as a liquor control officer for the City of St. Louis, was charged for helping an applicant obtain a liquor license for a new bar.
According to court documents, Morgan met with the applicant several times, suggesting that he be hired to manage the new bar and receive a “signing bonus” to purchase an automobile.  In return, if the applicant obliged, Morgan guaranteed to help issue the bar a St. Louis city liquor license. 
In December 2009, when the city issued the permit to the bar, authorities say Morgan demanded and agreed to accept $1,000 cash from the applicant for helping obtain the liquor license.
Morgan pleaded guilty in November 2010 to one felony count of bribery.
United States District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr. sentenced Morgan, and the case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 
Assistant United States Attorney Hal Goldsmith handled the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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