Michael J. Cotton, 66, a resident of Montgomery Street in Bogalusa, was arrested on December 11, 2015, and released on bond later that same day. Cotton was arrested again on December 17, on a warrant issued by the 22nd Judicial District Court.
Cotton is charged with Extortion and Public Bribery. He is in the Washington Parish Jail with bond set at $75,000 for the Extortion charge and $25,000 for the Public Bribery charge.
The investigation was conducted by the Office of Attorney General.