Manchester City Council Member Arrested

By: Danielle Morgan Email
By: Danielle Morgan Email

Darnell Hipsher now joins Former Mayor Daugh White and Former Manchester Assistant Chief of Police Todd Roberts in a federal indictment. Among various charges, the three men are accused of a racketeering conspiracy.

Darnell Hipsher was appointed to the city council in 2000 and was re-elected on the last ballot. During his time to serve the city the federal indictment says he was actually working with Daugh White and Todd Roberts for their own benefit in a racketeering conspiracy along with three others who have already pleaded guilty in the case.

New Mayor Carmen Lewis says she questioned if something new would happen after the F.B.I. came to city hall last week.

The indictment includes ten acts that the United States believes showed a racketeering pattern up until the last day of last year.

* Act One: Arson - allegedly burning down a house to build the new 911 center named after the former mayor.

* Act Two: Distribution of cocaine.

* Act Three: Conspiracy to distribute schedule two and three drugs.

* Act Four: Conspiracy to extort kickbacks from contractors.

* Act Five - Nine: Honest services mail fraud

* Act Ten: Obstruction of justice accusing Darnell Hipsher of falsely testifying to a federal grand jury.

Many of those mail fraud charges include paving private driveways with federal money.

To regain confidence in Manchester, the new mayor says city hall is more accessible for the public than ever before.

As part of the racketeering conspiracy, the men face a $67,000 money judgment. All men have pleaded not guilty to the new charges.

The trial is set for May 29th.

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