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FOUR FORMER JEFFERSON PARISH PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD EMPLOYEES SENTENCED FOR EMBEZZLEMENT SCHEME

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 7, 2011

KIMBERLY M. WILLIAMS, age 35, a resident of New Orleans, LA, GESELLE SAVOY, age 58, a resident of Alamogordo, New Mexico, DANAY JACKSON, age 33, a resident of Harvey, LA, and TRACY WALKER, age 41, a resident of Westwego, LA, were sentenced in federal court today before U.S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten. A fifth defendant, AMANDA JACKSON, age 55, a resident of Harvey, LA will be sentenced on January 18, 2012.

WILLIAMS, SAVOY AND D. JACKSON, had previously pled guilty to conspiring to commit federal program fraud while employed by the Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS). WALKER had previously pled guilty to misprision of a felony.

WILLIAMS and SAVOY were both sentenced to 5 years probation with six months home confinement and were ordered to pay $132,152 in restitution to the Jefferson Parish Public School System. D. JACKSON was sentenced to 5 years probation and was ordered to pay $9,712.50 in restitution to the Jefferson Parish Public School System. WALKER was sentenced to 3 years probation and ordered to pay $11,820.00 in restitution to the Jefferson Parish Public School System.

According to court documents, WILLIAMS, SAVOY, D. JACKSON, and WALKER were all employees of JPPSS but none were certified teachers or qualified to perform tutoring, testing, or remediation for JPPSS. The bill of information charged that WILLIAMS and SAVOY submitted fraudulent payroll documents for themselves and D. JACKSON and WALKER so that defendants received approximately $132,152.00 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 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 was prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Julia K. Evans.

 

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