Adding to his mounting troubles, Boston city councilor Chuck Turner, convicted on corruption charges in October 2010, is now being asked by prosecutors to return the $1,000 bribe he took from an FBI informant.
Turner was caught on videotape taking a $1,000 bribe from the local businessman turned FBI informant, for agreeing to help secure a liquor license. After the incident, he lied three times to the FBI about it. The sting was part of an operation targeting corrupt politicians. Turner is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan.25.
Last week, Turner filed complaint with the U.S. District Court seeking a temporary restraining order to halt the action the city council took on Dec. 1 to remove him from office.
Turner’s lawyer, Barry Wilson, also filed papers yesterday seeking a postponement of the scheduled hearing date. Wilson said that Turner is suffering from depression, and is out of the country recovering from his “rigorous trial schedule.”
Wilson has proclaimed his innocence, telling jurors that he only took $200 in what he called “a preacher’s handshake.”