Vicksburg Mayor Facing Bribery Charges

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Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield has been arrested on federal bribery charges based on allegations he sought a $10,000 payment for a city contract.

The 39-year-old Democrat was being held Thursday in the Madison County Detention Center in Canton. He was scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate judge in Jackson later in the day.

The criminal complaint in the case says a confidential source called Winfield on July 17, 2012, to discuss "pre-event disaster contracts" with the city.

The two allegedly met at a Jackson restaurant the next day and the source asked Winfield what it would take to get the contract.

The complaint says Winfield responded, by saying 10 and holding up 10 fingers to signify $10,000.