In yet another example of the stellar success of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, the public corruption trial of former Democrat state senator and 2006 U.S. congressional candidate Derrick Shepherd concluded today with a 37-month jail sentence, three years’ supervised probation and a $45,000 fine.
As WWL reports:
… U.S. Attorney Jim Letten said the message is clear.
“The message is that if you violate the public trust, if you violate the law, especially if you violate federal law, there will be a severe price to be paid,” Letten said.
Letten said the public corruption cases already prosecuted or now underway are encouraging people to report what they see.
“The key to it all, not just that they call, but at the end of the day, they see results from their call,” said FBI Special Agent In Charge David Welker.
“There’ll never be an end to corruption, but we believe that we are beginning to turn an important corner here, just beginning,” Letten said.
Shepherd got involved in the phony construction bond scheme he eventually pled guilty to facilitating as a result of a connection with former congressman William “Dollar Bill” Jefferson (giant surprise there), who put him in touch with a scam artist named Gwendolyn Moyo, who was sentenced in April to 20 years for 41 counts of fraud and money laundering.
Letten’s crusade against public corruption in New Orleans continues, and in fact seems to be intensifying.