Dixon to report to federal prison in Louisiana by Nov. 28 - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Dixon to report to federal prison in Louisiana by Nov. 28

Roscoe Dixon talking with reporters after his sentencing Roscoe Dixon talking with reporters after his sentencing

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Former state Sen. Roscoe Dixon is to report to a federal prison in Louisiana by Nov. 28 to begin serving a five-year sentence for public corruption.

Dixon was convicted in June of taking payoffs to push for changes in state law supposedly wanted by a company called E-Cycle Management.

The company was a fake, however, created by the FBI as part of an investigation code named Tennessee Waltz. The investigation, made public last year, has led to indictments against 11 defendants, including five current or former state lawmakers and several local officials in Memphis and Chattanooga.

Dixon, 57, was the first of the lawmakers to go to trial and was convicted on bribery and extortion charges. He was sentenced to five years and three months in prison plus two years of supervised release when he gets out.

An order signed by Judge Jon McCalla on Nov. 3 directs Dixon to report to the Oakdale Federal Correctional Complex by 2 p.m. CST on Nov. 28. The prison is 35 miles south of Alexandria, La. Former state Rep. Chris Newton, R-Cleveland, pleaded guilty to Tennessee Waltz bribery charges last year and was sentenced to one year in prison.

The other current or former lawmakers are awaiting trial. Overall, four defendants have pleaded guilty and two, including Dixon, have been convicted at trial.

Action News 5 spoke with Dixon by phone.  He said he would let the story speak for itself, but he would not be doing any interviews.  He says he is still making arrangements to get his affairs in order before his report date.

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