A federal trial is opening for a former Louisiana congressman's brother charged with bribing a former New Orleans school board member for her support in awarding school contracts.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday for the case against Mose Jefferson, whose brother, former Rep. William Jefferson, was convicted of unrelated corruption charges last week by a federal jury in Virginia.

Mose Jefferson allegedly paid a $140,000 kickback to former school board member Ellenese Brooks-Simms as a reward for her support in awarding contracts to a computer-based learning system he sold to the New Orleans public schools.

Jefferson also is accused of enlisting his girlfriend, former state Rep. Renee Gill Pratt, to use her position to secure state funding for other schools to purchase the product.