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7:00 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Senator Landrieu Names U.S. Attorney Nominee

Legal expert discusses Senator Landrieu's nominee.

Senator Mary Landrieu has recommended New Orleans native Kenneth Polite to replace retired U.S. Attorney Jim Letten. One legal expert says there’s a strong chance he’ll get the job.

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12:13 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Judge: Houston Company Must Pay for Faked Tests

A judge says a Houston company must pay $1 million in fines and community service payments for falsifying water tests at an offshore production platform in 2009.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans says in a news release that U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon sentenced W&T Offshore Inc. on Thursday. The company had pleaded guilty to tampering with monitoring required under the Clean Water Act.

Permits require monthly tests of whether oil and grease discharges are within federal limits.

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1:20 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

2 Prosecutors Retire Amid Probe of Online Posts

A federal prosecutor demoted for anonymously posting comments on a newspaper's website has retired.

A Justice Department spokesman said Monday that Jan Mann and her husband, fellow prosecutor Jim Mann, both retired from the U.S. attorney's office in New Orleans.

Jan Mann was former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten's top assistant before he demoted her last month. Letten resigned earlier this month amid a Justice Department probe of comments that she and another prosecutor, Sal Perricone, posted on Nola.com, The Times-Picayune's companion website.

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7:00 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Reaction to U.S. Attorney Jim Letten's Resignation Continues

Official and public reaction to resignation of U.S. Attorney Jim Letten.

Reaction continues into the resignation of U.S. Attorney Jim Letten. While officials are taking steps to find a replacement, some members of the public are stunned.

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U.S. Attorney's Office
1:17 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten Resigns

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten
United States Department of Justice

Jim Letten, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana and head of an office embroiled in a widening scandal involving online posts made by some of his subordinates, announced his resignation during a news conference this morning.

Letten, the longest-serving U.S. Attorney in the nation and a New Orleans native, thanked his law enforcement partners, staff and family, and said his resignation will be effective Dec. 11.

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7:00 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Businessman Expected To Plead Guilty To Bribery During Nagin Administration

Plea expected in federal court.

A businessman is expected to plead guilty later today in federal court to bribery charges. The case is widely believed to involve former Mayor Ray Nagin.

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LaPlace Counterfeiting
2:25 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

LaPlace man indicted for making fake money

A federal grand jury has indicted a 40-year-old LaPlace man with one count of making counterfeit U.S. currency.

According to the indictment handed up Thursday, Michael Sly at some point before April 17, 2009, made and counterfeited obligations of the United States in the form of three $100 Federal Reserve Notes.

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten's office says if convicted, Sly faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Health Care Fraud
1:54 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Man pleads guilty in health care fraud case

Prosecutors say a Covington man has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud in connection with a scheme in which he and his wife bilked a sleep clinic out of more than $800,000.

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten's office said Thursday Boyd Leahy could face up to 10 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines. He is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 1.

Boyd Leahy's guilty plea follows a guilty plea last week by his wife to one count of health care fraud.

Consent Decree
4:56 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Court meeting held on New Orleans police reforms

Attorneys for the city of New Orleans and the federal government met behind closed doors with a federal judge to discuss a new agreement to overhaul the New Orleans Police Department.

Participants in Thursday's status conference with U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan declined to go into details. U.S. Attorney Jim Letten described the meeting as productive but added that he was not at liberty to say more. It was unclear when Morgan might grant final court approval to the agreement, which was the result of long negotiations between the city and federal officials.

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Health Care Fraud
1:39 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Covington woman pleads guilty in health care fraud case

A 45-year-old Covington woman has pleaded guilty for her role in a scheme stemming from her employment at a sleep study clinic.

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten says Angelina Leahy entered the plea Wednesday to one count of health care fraud.

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