U.S. District Judge Robert F. Collins, one of the first black federal judges in the Deep South this century, was indicted Friday on corruption charges, prosecutors said.

Collins, 60, who was appointed to the federal bench in 1978 by President Carter, was charged in a federal indictment with bribery, obstruction of justice and conspiracy. A Justice Department news release said more than $16,500 in bribe money was found in the judge's chambers.A prosecutor with the Justice Department's Public Integrity Division said Collins faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison and a $750,000 fine if convicted.