OIG Investigative Reports, New Orleans, Louisiana - 08/31/2011 - Betty Jefferson Sentenced in Federal Court Skip to main contentAbout UsContact UsFAQs Language Assistance Englishespañol中文: 繁體版Việt-ngữ한국어TagalogРусский U.S. Department of Education Search for: Toggle navigation U.S. Department of Education Student Loans Grants Laws Data About ED OFFICES Home Reports & Resources Programs/Initiatives News Office Contacts Investigation Report THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE EASTERN DISTRICT of LOUISIANA August 31, 2011 BETTY JEFFERSON SENTENCED IN FEDERAL COURT BETTY JEFFERSON, age 72, a former elected tax assessor for the 4th Municipal District of Orleans Parish, and a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle to fifteen (15) months of home confinement and five years of supervised release. Additionally, JEFFERSON was ordered to pay $604,581 in restitution to the state. On February 25, 2010, JEFFERSON had entered a guilty plea to a Superseding Bill of Information that charged her with a conspiracy to commit Mail Fraud, Aggravated Identity Theft, Money Laundering, and Tax Evasion. JEFFERSON has agreed to forfeit her house to the government. According to the court documents supporting JEFFERSON’s guilty plea, JEFFERSON, her now-deceased brother, MOSE JEFFERSON, her daughter, ANGELA COLEMAN, who also has entered a guilty plea, former New Orleans City Councilmember and State Representative RENEE GILL PRATT, and others participated in a scheme to obtain money and property for their financial and political benefit both directly and through the use of various non-profit entities and for-profit companies, as well as the elected offices of the State Representative’s Office for District 91, the City Councilmember’s Office for District B, and the Office of Tax Assessor for the 4th Municipal District of Orleans Parish and Mose Jefferson. As part of a plea/cooperation agreement with the United States, BETTY JEFFERSON testified twice in the matter of United States v. Renee Gill Pratt. JEFFERSON’s co-conspirator, RENEE GILL PRATT, was convicted last month by a federal jury of Conspiracy to Violate the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”). BETTY JEFFERSON faced a possible maximum sentence of five (5) years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and three (3) years supervised release. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, the United States Department of Education, Office of Inspector General and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorneys Daniel P. Friel, Brian P. Marcelle, and Fred P. Harper, Jr. Top Printable view Last Modified: 09/08/2011 How Do I Find... Student loans, forgiveness College accreditation No Child Left Behind FERPA FAFSA 1098-E Tax Form 2015 Budget Proposal More > Information About... Transforming Teaching Family and Community Engagement Early Learning K-12 Reforms More > Connect Facebook Twitter YouTube Email RSS Google+ More > MISUSED FOIA OIG Fraud Hotline Our mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. Student Loans Repaying Loans Defaulted Loans Loan Forgiveness Loan Servicers Grants & Programs Apply for Pell Grants Grants Forecast Open Grant Competitions Find Grant Programs by Eligibility Laws & Guidance No Child Left Behind FERPA Civil Rights Data & Research Education Statistics Postsecondary Education Data State Education Data Nation's Report Card What Works Clearinghouse About Us Contact Us ED Offices Jobs News FAQs Budget, Performance Notices FOIAPrivacySecurityInformation qualityInspector GeneralWhitehouse.govUSA.govBenefits.govRegulations.gov
Betty JeffersonSentenced in Federal Court. New Orleans, LA., August 31, 2011
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2011-08-31.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.