Three More Sentenced for Conspiring to Stage Automobile Accidents in Order to Defraud Insurance and Trucking Companies

Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Louisiana Monday, January 23, 2023 NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – United States Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that LUCINDA THOMAS (“THOMAS”), age 67; MARY WADE (“WADE”), age 58; and JUDY WILLIAMS (“WILLIAMS”), age 62, all of Houma, Louisiana, were sentenced on January 19, 2023 for Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud, in violation of Title 18,…

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‘Excuse,’ ‘cop out;’ New Orleans criminal justice leaders react to Mayor Cantrell’s claims on national TV

By Rob Masson | WVUE | January 23, 2023 CLICK FOR VIDEO NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – Members of New Orleans’ criminal justice community are responding to Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s statements made on national television about the city’s crime fight. Cantrell claimed New Orleans’ murder rate and police officer attrition were on the “decline” and expressed little…

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Former Louisiana State Senator and Chair of State Political Party, Sentenced to 22 Months Imprisonment for Role in Nearly Seven-Year Scheme to Defraud Campaign Entity, Donors, and Political Party Organization

Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Louisiana Wednesday, January 11, 2023 NEW ORLEANS –  The  United States  Attorney’s Office announced that former Louisiana State Senator and Chair of State Political Party “A,” KAREN CARTER PETERSON, age 53, from New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Sarah S. Vance to…

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2023 off to a violent start for New Orleans

By Eleanor Tabone | WWL-TV | January 3, 2023 CLICK FOR VIDEO NEW ORLEANS — Three days into the new year and the city’s crime problem continues to take lives. It’s the most recent bloodshed in New Orleans – four people were shot Tuesday evening on S. Rocheblave Street, near Washington Avenue. All of them…

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Two More Defendants from New Orleans Plead Guilty in Staged Automobile Collision Scheme

Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Louisiana Wednesday, October 12, 2022 NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – United States Attorney Duane A. Evans announced today that HERBERT ALLEN (“ALLEN”), age 37, and DION RIDLEY (“RIDLEY”), age 23, agreed to plead guilty to count one (1) of their indictment, charging Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud in violation of Title…

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New Orleans tops the nation for homicides per capita

By Natasha Robin | WVUE | September 19, 2022 CLICK FOR VIDEO NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – New Orleans has become the homicide capital of the country. “It’s no wonder that we are the homicide capital of the United States, when you’re seeing a 46 percent surge in homicides,” said Rafael Goyeneche, president of the Metropolitan…

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