- Sherwood Voice
- NLR TARGETS: Cary Gaines (left) and Sam Baggett.
Recent filings in federal court shed a little more light on the federal indictment against former North Little Rock Alderman Cary Gaines, accused of conspiring with George Thompson of Cabot, a reputed bookie and member of an eastern crime family, to funnel city business Thompson’s way to help pay off Gaines’ gambling debts. The investigation also produced an indictment against Alderman Sam Baggett for illegal weapons dealing.
For your reading pleasure: The bill of particulars produced by the U.S. attorney last week after a series of pleas for it by Gaines’ attorney Chuck Banks.. It’s based in large part apparently on information gathered from wiretaps on Gaines and Thompson.
It provides a window into Gaines’ activities in trying to help others get city paving and landscaping jobs. It also shows close communications with Mayor Pat Hays, who at one point seemed to be trying to help Gaines out of a financial predicament — complicated by Gaines’ pending divorce — by helping him get a job at a bank. It also reports a conversation between Gaines and a city official on piecing out city paving work to avoid required public bid minimums. That didn’t happen, however.