- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A code enforcement officer and inspector for the East Baton Rouge Department of Development has been arrested, accused of attempting to extort money from a Baton Rouge area business.

Baton Rouge Police spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola Jr. said in a news release 29-year-old Jeremy Johnson, of St. Gabriel, was booked on attempted felony theft, extortion, malfeasance and public bribery.

Coppola says Johnson went to the business and requested $3,000 to conduct an unplanned inspection. When the business representatives questioned the inspection, Coppola said Johnson lowered the fee to $2,800. He says Johnson threatened to shut down the business unless he received $2,200 in cash.

Johnson remains in the East Baton Rouge Parish Thursday. His bond is set at $27,500.

Online jail records do not list an attorney for him.



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