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Former Southern University Professor Sentenced to 24 Months in Federal Prison for Mail Fraud and Money Laundering After Living as a Fugitive in Iran and Turkey for More than a Decade August 04, 2022 | United States Attorney Ronald C. Gathe, Jr. announced that U.S. District Judge John W. deGravelles sentenced Parviz Sharifrazi, age 70, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to 24 months in federal prison following his convictions for mail fraud and money laundering. The Court further sentenced Sharifrazi to serve one year of supervised release following his term of imprisonment.
Greensburg Woman Sentenced to Federal Prison for Theft of Government Funds April 29, 2022 | United States Attorney Ronald C. Gathe, Jr. announced that U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson sentenced Neiyondra Rogers, age 38, of Greensburg, Louisiana, to 33 months in federal prison following her conviction for theft of government funds. The Court further sentenced Rogers to serve three years of supervised release following her term of imprisonment and ordered her to pay restitution in the amount of $179,252.85 to the USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program; $20,832 to the Small Business Administration (SBA); and $16,961 to the Louisiana Workforce Commission. Federal Jury Convicts Baton Rouge Man of Fraud Scheme and Money Laundering Relating to Financial Aid Fraud March 22, 2022 | United States Attorney Ronald C. Gathe, Jr., announced the conviction of Elliot Sterling, age 33, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Sterling was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 3, 2020, and charged with wire fraud, financial aid fraud, and engaging in monetary transactions involving property derived from specified unlawful activity.
Former Caddo Parish Commissioner and Sister Sentenced to Time in Federal Prison March 16, 2022 | SHREVEPORT, La. - United States Attorney Brandon B. Brown announced that Lynn D. Cawthorne, 55, a former Caddo Parish Commissioner, and his sister and co-defendant, Belena C. Turner, 50, both of Shreveport, Louisiana, were sentenced today by United States District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote for committing wire fraud. Minden, Louisiana Woman Sentenced for Theft of Government Funds November 23, 2021 | Jackson, MS – A Minden woman was sentenced on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, to 24 months in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $244,060.09 in restitution for embezzling and converting government funds to her own use.
Caddo Parish Commissioner and Sister Plead Guilty to Federal Charges Just Days Before Trial Set to Begin November 05, 2021 | SHREVEPORT, La. - Acting United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that two defendants scheduled to begin trial Monday, November 8, 2021, each entered guilty pleas this evening before United States District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote. Lynn D. Cawthorne, 54, a Caddo Parish Commissioner and resident of Shreveport, along with his sister, Belena C. Turner, 50, also of Shreveport, each appeared in United States District Court this evening and pleaded guilty to wire fraud in connection with their involvement in a scheme to defraud the Food and Nutrition Service, an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) which administers the Child Nutrition Programs. Cawthorne also pleaded guilty to a charge of aiding and assisting in making and subscribing a false tax return in connection with a separate indictment that was returned by a federal grand jury against him in December 2019. Delhi Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Scheme to Defraud the USDA's Summer Food Service Program October 08, 2021 | Acting United States Attorney Ellison C. Travis announced that U.S. Chief Judge Shelly D. Dick sentenced Corey Roshel Powell, age 43, of Delhi, Louisiana, to 29 months in federal prison following his conviction for a scheme to defraud the USDA’s summer food service program. The Court further sentenced Powell to serve three years of supervised release following his term of imprisonment.
Minden, Louisiana Woman Pleads Guilty to Theft of Government Funds July 20, 2021 | Jackson, MS – Teressia Garner, 60, of Minden, Louisiana, pleaded guilty on July 9, 2021, to embezzling, and converting government funds to her own use, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca; Douglas Williams, FBI Special Agent in Charge, New Orleans Field Division; Dax Robertson, USDA OIG Special Agent in Charge in New Orleans; and Stephen Street, Louisiana Inspector General Defendant Sentenced for Participation in Scheme to Defraud Bossier Parish Community College March 11, 2021 | SHREVEPORT, La. – Audrey Williams, 57, of Shreveport, Louisiana, was sentenced today for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, announced Acting United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook. Chief U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks, Jr. sentenced Williams to 48 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release. Williams was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $286,987.08.
Former Bossier Parish Community College Comptroller Sentenced for Stealing More Than $280,000 February 22, 2021 | SHREVEPORT, La. - Carol Bates, the former comptroller for Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC), was sentenced today for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, announced Acting United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook. Chief U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks, Jr. sentenced Bates, 50, of Shreveport, Louisiana, to 60 months (5 years) in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release. Bates was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $286,987.08. One Convicted, One Indicted in Scheme to Defraud the USDA's Summer Food Service Program October 26, 2020 | United States Attorney Brandon J. Fremin announced this week that Corey Roshel Powell, age 42, of Delhi, Louisiana, pled guilty before U.S. Chief Judge Shelly D. Dick to wire fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program. Janie Johnson Smith, age 40, of Monroe, Louisiana, was also indicted with wire fraud for her participation in the scheme. The pair face terms of imprisonment of up to 20 years, fines, and periods of supervised released upon conviction.
Baton Rouge Man Indicted for Fraud Scheme and Money Laundering Related to Financial Aid Fraud September 10, 2020 | A federal grand jury recently returned a fourteen-count indictment charging Elliott Sterling, age 32, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with wire fraud, financial aid fraud, and engaging in monetary transactions involving property derived from specified unlawful activity. Sterling appeared for his arraignment yesterday and pled not guilty to the pending charges. Former Bossier Parish Community College Comptroller Pleads Guilty to Stealing More Than $250,000 July 20, 2020 | SHREVEPORT, La. – United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that Carol Bates, the former comptroller for Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC), pled guilty today before Chief U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr., to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Four former Angola officers sentenced in beating of handcuffed inmate July 06, 2020 | BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Four former correctional officers at Angola have been sentenced for their roles in assaulting an inmate who was handcuffed, according to U.S. Attorney Brandon Fremin. The Department of Justice reports Daniel Davis, Scott Kennedy, John Sanders, and James Savor, Jr., were sentenced for beating the inmate, conspiring to lie and cover up their misconduct, submitting false reports, tampering with witnesses, and lying under oath. Kennedy, Sanders, and Savoy each pleaded guilty, and Davis was convicted in trials for obstruction and the beating. Former Major at Angola Prison Convicted of Beating a Handcuffed and Shackled Inmate January 31, 2020 | Daniel Davis, 44, a former major at Louisiana State Penitentiary (LSP) in Angola, Louisiana, was found guilty by a jury yesterday in federal court for his participation in the beating of an inmate who was handcuffed, shackled, and not resisting and for failing to intervene to stop his subordinates from participating in the same beating. In a previous trial in January 2018, Davis was convicted of conspiring with other officers to cover up the beating by devising a false cover story, submitting false reports documenting that cover story, tampering with witnesses, and lying under oath. Davis was also previously convicted of this beating in November 2018, but was granted a new trial based on juror misconduct.

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