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FOUR FORMER JEFFERSON PARISH PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD EMPLOYEES PLEAD GUILTY IN SCHEME TO EMBEZZLE EDUCATION PROGRAM FUNDS

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August 24, 2011

KIM WILLIAMS, age 34, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana; AMANDA JACKSON, age 55, and DANAY JACKSON, age 33, both residents of Harvey, Louisiana, each pled guilty today in federal court before U. S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle to one count of conspiring to commit federal program fraud while employed by Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS). TRACY WALKER, age 41, a resident of Westwego, Louisiana, pled guilty to one count of misprision of a felony, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten. GISELLE SAVOY, a co-defendant, pled guilty to one count of conspiring to commit federal program fraud on July 14, 2011.

According to court documents, from February 2007 through September 2009, WILLIAMS and SAVOY submitted fraudulent payroll documents for themselves and co-defendants, AMANDA JACKSON, DANAY JACKSON and TRACY WALKER so that defendants received approximately $132,000.00 in supplemental pay and stipends from JPPSS’ Louisiana Education Assessment Program (LEAP), Graduate Exit Examination (GEE) tutoring fund, Education Excellent (EE) fund as well as a general fund. The defendants were all employees of JPPSS but none were certified teachers or qualified to perform tutoring, testing, or remediation for JPPSS.

Speaking to today’s convictions, United States Attorney Jim Letten stated:

“Today’s convictions of four individuals who now stand convicted of involvement in the theft of funds from the Jefferson Parish Public School System is continuing, compelling evidence of our determination to fiercely protect the rights of our children to a quality public education free from corruption and abuse. As this investigation continues, we will continue on our course of zero tolerance for any public corruption, and for any abuses involving our educational system. My special thanks go out to our partners with the United States Secret Service, United States Department of Education, the Louisiana Electronic and Financial Crimes Task Force and the Jefferson Parish Sheriffs’ Office.”

Upon sentencing, scheduled for December 7, 2011 before Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle, KIM WILLIAMS, AMANDA JACKSON and DANAY JACKSON, each face a maximum term of imprisonment of five (5) years, a $250,0000 fine, and three (3) years of supervised release following imprisonment. TRACY WALKER faces a maximum term of imprisonment of three (3) years, a $250,0000 fine, and one (1) year of supervised release following imprisonment. GISELLE SAVOY is scheduled to be sentenced on October 12, 2011.

The case was investigated by U. S. Secret Service, U.S. Department of Education, the Louisiana Electronic and Financial Crimes Task Force and the Jefferson Parish Sheriffs’ Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Julia K. Evans.

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