Jon Johnson

Corruption
2:00 pm
Sat January 5, 2013

Ex-N.O. Councilman Gets New Prison Reporting Date

A federal judge has extended a deadline for former New Orleans city councilman Jon Johnson to report to prison.

Johnson was scheduled to report by Jan. 8 to begin serving a six-month sentence for plotting to misuse federal money intended to help a nonprofit organization after Hurricane Katrina. U.S. District Judge Lance Africk agreed Friday to extend that deadline to Jan. 22.

Johnson asked for the extension because he says his daughter is severely ill with the flu.

Latest News
1:09 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Jon Johnson pleads guilty in Katrina fraud

A New Orleans city councilman pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal criminal charge of misusing federal money intended to help a nonprofit organization after Hurricane Katrina and diverting some of it to one of his political campaigns.

Jon Johnson, who is 63, faces up to 5 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

U.S. District Judge Lance Africk set sentencing for Oct. 25.

Johnson said he will resign from his seat on the council.

New Orleans City Council
7:08 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

New Orleans City Council leaders hope to end impasse

A proposal that might make it easier for black candidates to win posts on New Orleans' City Council now has the support of all current council members.

The council president and vice president made that announcement Wednesday evening.

The only two African-American members of the 7-member council have stayed away from recent meetings after the council deadlocked on the issue earlier this month.

There was already one vacancy on the council, so the apparent boycott by Jon Johnson and Cynthia Hedge-Morrell made it impossible to get the quorum needed to conduct business.

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