Former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard pleads guilty on two corruption charges
63-year old Broussard said when he got into politics as a 23 year old he was a dragon slayer, and now at the age of 63 he described himself as a dragon.
By pleading guilty he gave up his right to a jury trial and will now have a judge sentence him.
Broussard faces up to a total of 15 years behind bars and could be charged with half a million dollars in fines for the two corruption charges.
A 27-count indictment charged both Broussard and former parish attorney, Tom Wilkinson on conspiracy charges, bribery, wire fraud, and theft. Both Broussard and Wilkinson were charged with giving a lucrative parish job to Broussard’s ex-wife, Karen Parker. Prosecutors said Parker wasn’t qualified for the paralegal supervisor position and she was paid a salary of $323,000 over six years, while not even performing paralegal duties for Jefferson Parish.
U.S. Attorney, Jim Letten said this is ultimately a win for the taxpayers.
“We all work very hard to eliminate corruption and I think we are no longer seen as a haven for corruption. We’re going to keep the pressure up,” Letten said.
On Monday, Wilkinson pleaded guilty on conspiracy charges.
Broussard officially retired as a lawyer. His attorney’s license was taken away.
A sentencing date is set for February 25th.