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Canton Alderman appeals federal bribery conviction

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Days before reporting to prison, Calvin Louis Smith, a former Canton City alderman and businessman, says he is appealing his federal bribery sentence.

Smith maintains he was set up and is not guilty. He left the federal courthouse in Jackson Thursday morning flanked by his wife and friends.

Smith faces 66 months in federal prison followed by 2 years of supervised release.He was busted by the FBI after Michael Bolden of Gluckstadt went to the Fed's with allegations of a kickback.

The indictment says he sought bribes valued at more than $5,000 from May to October in 2012, but it didn't provide any details.

Bolden went to the FBI and gave them a statement that I solicited a kickback from him," said Smith. "There was never any proof that in black and white where I solicited anything."

Bolden wanted a contract with the city of Canton. Thursday the former alderman admitted he gave him money.

"I did receive something but not for a kickback," said Smith. "I received $1500. I had ask Michael Bolden to help get a friend out of jail."

That monetary exchange was caught on camera, according to the former 16 year alderman.

"And a couple of days later he came back with $1500 dollars and said I got this to help out and when he gave it to me he was filming me and that when they was saying it was a kickback for a contract and it was not," said Smith.

Smith refused to elaborate about who was in jail saying that would come up at a later date.

Smith's wife recalled questioning during the federal trial.

"When the question was asked to Michael Bolden why did you go to the FBI's on Louis Smith. His statement was because, I heard he was a crook," said Smith's wife.

Smith reports to federal prison in Texas next Monday.

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