Monday, August 2, 2021

NEW  ORLEANS,  LOUISIANA –  United States  Attorney Duane A.  Evans  announced that GENETTA ISREAL

(“ISREAL”), age 53, of Houston, Texas, pled guilty today to Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud, in

violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371, arising out of staged automobile accidents

with tractor-trailers occurring in New Orleans.  Thus far, twenty-six (26) of the thirty-three (33)

indicted defendants have tendered guilty pleas in federal court.


Damien  Labeaud, Mario  Solomon, Larry  Williams,  and  ISREAL  were  charged with staging an

accident on June 12, 2017, occurring on Chef Menteur Highway near the Danziger Bridge in New

Orleans. Labeaud and Larry Williams planned to stage an automobile accident to obtain money through

fraud. During their planning, Labeaud told Larry Williams that he had an Attorney who would handle

everything. Larry Williams recruited ISREAL and another individual (now deceased) to participate in

the fraudulent scheme. To execute the scheme, Larry Williams borrowed a Chevrolet Trailblazer, and

that Labeaud drove the Trailblazer, which he then used to collide with a 2015 Peterbilt

tractor-trailer. After the staged accident, Labeaud fled the scene and Larry Williams got behind

the wheel to make it appear that he was driving the Trailblazer during the staged accident. Solomon

picked up Labeaud after the staged accident. Larry Williams told the New Orleans Police Department

(“NOPD”) that he was the driver of the Trailblazer and that the tractor-trailer was at  fault.

After the  staged accident, Labeaud introduced Larry Williams and ISREAL to Attorney A.


Larry  Williams  and ISREAL  were  treated by doctors and healthcare providers at  the direction of

Attorney A. On June 12, 2018, Attorney A’s firm filed the Larry Williams Lawsuit in Civil District

Court (“CDC”) for the Parish of Orleans and on September 14, 2018, Attorney A’s firm  demanded

approximately  $60,000.00  in   settlement  for  the  deceased  passenger  and approximately

$56,155.00 in settlement for ISREAL. After the suit was filed, Larry Williams and ISREAL each

provided false testimony in depositions taken in conjunction with the lawsuit filed by Attorney A’s



ISREAL faces a maximum sentence of five (5) years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to

$250,000 or the greater of twice the gross gain to the defendant or twice the gross loss to any

person under Title 18, United States Code, Section 3571, up to three (3) years of supervised

release and a mandatory $100.00 special assessment fee. Sentencing will occur before U.S. District

Judge Eldon E. Fallon on November 4, 2021.


The U.S. Attorney’s Office would also like to acknowledge the assistance of the Federal Bureau of 

Investigation, Louisiana State Police, and the Metropolitan Crime Commission with this matter. The

prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian M. Klebba, Chief  of

the  Financial  Crimes  Unit;  Assistant  U.S.  Attorney  Edward Rivera;  Assistant  U.S. Attorney

Shirin Hakimzadeh; and Assistant U.S. Attorney Maria Carboni.

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