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March 11, 2010

STACY SIMMS, age 49, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, daughter of former Orleans Parish School Board President Ellenese Brooks-Simms, was sentenced in federal court today pursuant to the Government’s 5K motion (which remains under seal) by U. S. District Court Judge Eldon E. Fallon to serve two (2) years probation in connection with her prior guilty plea to misprision of a felony, announced U.S. Attorney Jim Letten.

According to court records, Ellenese Brooks-Simms, while an elected member of the Orleans Parish School Board secretly conspired with Mose Jefferson to approve the purchase of an educational software program for the Orleans Parish School System. In connection with this bribery scheme, Mose Jefferson received over $913,000 of Orleans Parish School Board money as sales commissions for selling the software program to the school system. In exchange for her assistance in promoting and approving the software program, Ellenese Brooks-Simms received approximately $140,000 as “kickbacks” from Mose Jefferson, and her daughter, STACY SIMMS, concealed her knowledge of the criminal conduct, by allowing a bank account in her name to be opened and used as a clearinghouse for bribe payments.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Criminal Division of the Internal Revenue Service and the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Education. The case was prosecuted by Senior Litigation Counsel Salvador Perricone, and Assistant U. S. Attorneys Richard R. Pickens, II and Michael Simpson.



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