Convicted Louisiana Mayor Seeks Vacation Pay

Former Mayor Derek Lewis appeared before the Port Allen City Council to make his case that the city owes him about $19,000 in accrued vacation pay.

Lewis resigned in June, just hours before he pleaded guilty in Baton Rouge federal court to a racketeering charge.

Lewis admitted he accepted bribes from undercover operatives posing as businessman who were looking for a city contract. The phony businessmen were pitching a government-created garbage can-cleaning service known as Cifer 5000.

On Wednesday, an agitated Lewis told council members to check the minutes from a March 2010 City Council meeting during which the former mayor declared he was taking his first-ever vacation while in office.

The Advocate reports ( ) council members could vote on the issue at their next meeting