jim letten

6:00 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Officials Release Comprehensive Illegal-Drug Report

Leaders in public health, law enforcement and community organizations have unveiled a report they say is a battle plan against drug use. The focus is on prevention and treatment.

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Tax Fraud
12:39 am
Sun May 13, 2012

37 months for convicted tax preparer

The U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans says a LaPlace man has been sentenced to 37 months in prison after being convicted on charges including tax evasion and obstruction of justice.

Prosecutors said 60-year-old James W. Nelson was in the business of preparing and filing tax returns. His business had multiple offices in the New Orleans area. However, they said Nelson, or his employees, prepared and filed false income tax returns for his customers. The U.S. Attorney's news release Friday said Nelson also failed to pay taxes on some of his own income.

Bank Theft
12:36 am
Sun May 13, 2012

New Orleans woman accused of stealing from bank

A 50-year-old New Orleans woman has been charged with bank theft for allegedly embezzling thousands of dollars from her employer.

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten said Friday that Karen Sork was charged in a one-count Bill of Information. According to the document, Sork worked at a Whitney Bank branch and stole about $56,299 from the bank. Authorities say the money was used for her personal use and benefit.

NOAH Investigation
8:30 am
Wed April 18, 2012

City contractor accused in kickback deal is set to plead guilty and is cooperating

City officials used bright signs to tout remediation work by the New Orleans Affordable Homeownership program.
Karen Gadbois The Lens

As expected, a one-time city contractor facing federal charges in a Nagin-era kickback scheme is cooperating with investigators and is set to plead guilty next week, according to his attorney and U.S. Attorney Jim Letten’s office.

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4:47 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Federal Prosecutor Resigns After Posting Online Comments

The federal prosecutor who posted anonymous online comments about cases he was handling is no longer with the U.S. Attorney’s office.  Sal Perricone has resigned.

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4:00 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Federal Prosecutor Pulled Off Cases After Online Postings

The Department of Justice is investigating what the next step should be for a federal prosecutor who admitted posting comments online about cases involving his office. U.S. Attorney Jim Letten says the prosecutor has been removed from all matters discussed online.

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