The long time kingdom of Jefferson scuzzbucketry took another blow today as Mose Jefferson was found guilty by a federal jury on four charges that he bribed an Orleans Parish School Board member (and former squeeze)Ellenese Brooks-Simms.
The bribery involved payments made to Brooks-Simms while she was a member of the Orleans Parish School Board. The jury acquitted Jefferson of the third bribery count, which involved a payment made after Brooks-Simms was off the School Board.
Two of the seven felony counts faced by Mose Jefferson, 65, stem from what federal prosecutors describe as two attempts to cover up the bribes by meeting with Brooks-Simms and trying to persuade her to give the feds a bogus explanation for the $140,000 she accepted from him.
Unbeknownst to Jefferson, Brooks-Simms had already cut a deal with the government. At both meetings, she wore a wire to record her conversations with Jefferson, according to a source close to the case.
Mose's brother, theformer U.S. Rep. William Jefferson who was convicted two weeks ago of abusing his congressional office to enrich himself and his family.