A Total Of Eight Now Indicted In Insurance Fraud Scheme Involving Staged Accidents

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – United States Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced today the Superseding Indictment charging three additional defendants: GENETTA ISREAL (“ISREAL”), age 51, of Houston, Texas; MARIO SOLOMON (“SOLOMON”), age 48, of New Orleans; and LARRY WILLIAMS (“LARRY WILLIAMS”), age 46, also of New Orleans.  Previously, the following five defendants were indicted: DAMIAN K. LABEAUD (“LABEAUD”), age 47, of New Orleans; LUCINDA THOMAS (“THOMAS”), age 63; MARY WADE (“WADE”), age 55; JUDY WILLIAMS (“JUDY WILLIAMS”), age 59; and DASHONTAE YOUNG (“YOUNG”), age 25; all of Houma, Louisiana.    The Superseding Indictment adds three new defendants, expands the conspiracy, adds two…

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Five Indicted In Insurance Fraud Scheme Involving A Staged Accident

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – United States Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced today the Indictment of DAMIAN K. LABEAUD (“LABEAUD”), age 47, of New Orleans and LUCINDA THOMAS (“THOMAS”), age 63, MARY WADE (“WADE”), age 55, JUDY WILLIAMS (“WILLIAMS”),  age 59, and DASHONTAE YOUNG (“YOUNG”), age 25, all of Houma, Louisiana. These five defendants were charged in a six-count federal indictment with one (1) count of Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371 and…

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Irvin Mayfield’s federal criminal trial delayed to January

By David Hammer | WWL | August 1, 2019 Grammy winning trumpeter Irvin Mayfield’s federal conspiracy and money laundering trial has been delayed a fourth time, pushed back to Jan. 21, 2020. Mayfield was indicted in December 2017 along with his longtime friend, business partner and band mate, Ronald Markham. They were initially charged with…

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Unlicensed public defender graduated from law school in 2016

By Amanda Roberts | June 24, 2019 at 9:42 PM CDT – Updated June 25 at 7:00 AM NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) – Walking across the stage, it appears Ashley Crawford did earn a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola university in 2016. But earning the degree doesn’t give you the license to practice law. Rafael Goyeneche with the…

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Curfew enforcement: Will it help fight crime in New Orleans?

By David Blake | WWL | June 3, 2019 Juvenile crime has been talked about for months and it frequently makes headlines in New Orleans.  Tonight, the new juvenile curfew takes effect and there are both skeptics and others optimistic it will work. Rafael Goyeneche, Director of the Metro Crime Commission, is hopeful this kind…

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TWO FORMER ST. TAMMANY PARISH SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES PLEAD GUILTY FOR THEIR ROLES IN KICKBACK AND BRIBERY SCHEME INVOLVING CONTRACT FOR PRIVATIZATION OF WORK RELEASE PROGRAM IN ST. TAMMANY PARISH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2019 WWW.USDOJ.GOV/USAO/LAE NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that DAVID HANSON, age 61, from Abita Springs, Louisiana, and CLIFFORD “SKIP” KEEN, age 50, from Covington, Louisiana, pleaded guilty Wednesday, February 27, 2019 before United States District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle to conspiracy to commit honest services…

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DA Leon Cannizzaro is dead certain in his convictions

By Tim Morris, Columnist District attorneys historically get elected and re-elected by putting people behind bars. No DA in Louisiana would be foolish enough to run on Blackstone’s maxim that “It is better that 10 guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer.” The winning slogan is usually the opposite. That’s why a lot of…

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