A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a former Louisiana lawmaker found guilty of scheming to steal more than $1 million from taxpayer-funded charities but also ordered a lower court to resentence her.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a decision Wednesday, affirmed former state Rep. Renee Gill Pratt's conviction but vacated her sentence and returned the case to the district level for resentencing.
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.
A federal judge has postponed an arraignment for former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin on charges he accepted bribes and gratuities from city contractors in exchange for helping them secure millions of dollars in work for the city.
Nagin was scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 31. On Wednesday, however, U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan moved Nagin's arraignment to Feb. 20. Berrigan's order doesn't give a reason for the delay or say if it was requested by Nagin's attorney or federal prosecutors.