Federal prosecutors allege in court filings that indicted North Little Rock, Arkansas alderman Sam Baggett received campaign contributions from co-defendant George Wylie Thompson who was caught on wiretaps with reputed mobster Ralph Francis Deleo from the Colombo crime family as reported by Jeremy Peppas for Arkansas News:
Baggett was indicted in December 2009 with Thompson and former alderman Cary Gaines. He faces six federal felony charges in his role as a gun dealer in selling weapons and ammunition to Thompson, a convicted felon. Baggett has since surrendered his federal license to sell guns. * * * Gaines resigned his seat in November before his indictment on charges he participated in a kickback scheme related to city construction projects and lied to the FBI about his dealings with Thompson. * * * [T]he transcript of a portion of a wiretap conversation between Thompson and a man said to be Ralph Francis Deleo, an alleged boss in the Colombo Mafia crime family in New York, in which Thompson says he "has two people on the council now in North Little Rock." Deleo, Thompson and two others are charged in a separate federal racketeering indictment in Massachusetts.