3 indicted in New Orleans bail bond scheme

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A New Orleans Bail Bonds Scheme has 3 People Indicted

Written on June 26, 2011

A spokesman for the New Orleans DA's Office reported that a Grand Jury has indicted 3 people in an illegal bail bond scheme. Murder suspect Stanley Berniard schemed wtih bail bondsman Torrey Lewis and Christina Sentmore to post an illegal bond to free himself. Lewis lied to the District Attorney's office about the value of the properties used to post Berniard's bail. Lewis had received $13,000 to post Berniard's bail from Sentmore but reported to the Grand Jury he had received nothing. The bail bonds scheme investigation had been going on for months with attempts to link the former bail bonds agent into the indictment. This is one of a joint investigation into New Orleans bail bond related cases in an attempt to rid the city of these bail bond schemes.

Four years ago, District Court Judge Charles Elloie retired while under fire over his practice of reducing bail bonds for suspects in violent felonies. Elloie's retirement, ostensibly for poor health, ended a state probe into his bond moves. More recently, former courthouse clerk Gilishia Garrison pleaded guilty in federal court in March to four counts of computer fraud for her role in a kickback scheme related to bonds. Garrison admitted taking money from criminal defendants in exchange for reducing their jail bonds.

Conspiracy to launder money, money laundering, conspiracy to receive illegal consideration and receiving illegal consideration for a criminal bail bond are amongst most of the charges Lewis, Berniard and Sentmore will face in front of the grand jury. Last summer after the killing of Alvin Crosby, Bernaiard was accused of second-degree murder and his bond was set at $250,000 by a New Orleans Judge...Read the Rest of This Article.

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Rod Blagojevich Convicted by Jury

Written on June 26, 2011

Today a jury covicted ex-Ill Governor Rod Blagojevich at the corruption charges retrial. Rod Blagojevich allegedly tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama's Senate seat after Obama took the presidency in 2008. The verdict was a bitter defeat for Blagojevich, who had spent 2 1/2 years professing his innocence on reality TV shows and later on the witness stand. His defense team had insisted that hours of FBI wiretap recordings were just the ramblings of a politician who liked to think out loud. He faces up to 300 years in prison, although federal sentencing guidelines are sure to significantly reduce his time behind bars.

The former governor spoke only briefly with reporters as he left the courthouse, saying he was disappointed and stunned by the verdict. Blagojevich, who has been free on bond since shortly after his arrest, becomes the second straight Illinois governor convicted of corruption. His predecessor, George Ryan, is now serving 6 1/2 years in federal prison.The case exploded into scandal when Blagojevich was awakened by federal agents on Dec. 9, 2008, at his Chicago home and was led away in handcuffs. Federal prosecutors had been investigating his administration for years, and some of his closest cronies had already been convicted...Read the Rest of This Article.

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