Jury finds Michael Kimbrew guilty
The jury convicted him of bribery and attempted extortion after deliberating only four hours
Michael Kimbrew nailed with bribery, attempted extortion conviction in pot shop shakedown
LOS ANGELES (CN) — A former staffer for a member of Congress faces up to 18 years in prison after a federal jury last week convicted him of bribery and attempted extortion for taking $5,000 to protect a Compton marijuana store from closing.
Michael Kimbrew, 44, of Carson, was convicted of shaking down the pot shop in March through May 2015. At the time he was a staffer for U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn, who was not involved in Kimbrew’s doing. Hahn now is a Los Angeles County supervisor.
Kimbrew was arrested in August 2017. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, which prosecuted him, said Kimbrew claimed to “oversee all activities in Compton,” and that as a staffer for a member of Congress he had “authority” and “jurisdiction” over Compton’s public officials.
Unfortunately for Kimbrew, he repeated those claims to an undercover FBI agent who was wired for sound and threatened to close down the shop unless he got the money, according to the U.S. attorney’s statement.
Kimbrew took the money from the agent inside a restaurant menu and then promised his “undying support” for the shop, prosecutors said.
The jury deliberated for four hours and convicted him of bribery and attempted extortion.
Kimbrew will be sentenced on June 4.
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