Winfield did not comment to media following the indictment Wednesday, saying attorneys have advised him not speak on the matter.
Winfield is accused of taking more than $7,000 in bribes to steer the city city toward pre-disaster contracts. The bribes are said by federal prosecutors to have happened last summer.
“He is alleged to have solicited and accepted bribes from an FBI cooperating informant representing a company interested in obtaining pre-event disaster contracts for the City of Vicksburg,” said FBI Spokesperson Deborah Madden.
According to documents from the FBI, the Mayor was having tax problems and needed money when he accepted the bribesr. He announced his bid for re-election just hours before his arrest. If found guilty of this charge, Winfield could face a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine.
A sexual harrassment lawsuit against the mayor by a former city employee was settled earlier this month, but he was hospitalized shortly thereafter.