Prosecutors: Broussard Should Pay $230K

Jan 26, 2013

Federal prosecutors argue former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard should be ordered to forfeit more than $230,000 in cash as part of his sentence for pleading guilty to corruption charges.

Broussard is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 25 by U.S. District Judge Hayden Head. The longtime parish president pleaded guilty in September to charges he cheated taxpayers in a payroll fraud scheme and took payoffs from a parish contractor.

The Times-Picayune reports that the forfeited money sought by prosecutors includes nearly $130,000 that Broussard's ex-wife, Karen Parker, was improperly paid by the parish. The total also includes $66,000 in bribes that Broussard accepted from a Kenner businessman and more than $36,000 in salary increases that he improperly awarded to former parish attorney Tom Wilkinson.