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Ex-councilman faces corruption charges

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Indianapolis ex-councilman asked for bribes to help open a strip club, indictment charges
  • He asked for $5,000 in cash, plus a donation, from a contact who was undercover FBI
  • He faces up to 30 years in prison and $500,000 in fines

(CNN) -- A former Indianapolis, Indiana, councilman solicited bribes in exchange for using his influence to get a strip club opened in the city, the federal government charged in legal papers released Thursday.

Lincoln Plowman, a former city-county councilman, asked for $5,000 in cash and a $1,000 campaign contribution, the indictment alleges. But the person he was dealing with was an undercover FBI agent.

Plowman faces charges of attempted extortion and soliciting bribes. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the extortion charge, and 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the bribery charge.

The government did not announce a trial date in its statement.