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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Former Orleans Criminal District Court Employee Pleads Guilty to Role in Bail Bonds Fraud

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that PATRICIA TATE, age 50, of New Orleans, pled guilty today to a one-count  Bill of Information charging conspiracy to commit honest services mail fraud.

According to court documents, TATE accepted cash payments to facilitate an illegal bail bonding business located at 538 S. Broad Street in New Orleans.  TATE’s activities included accessing official-use criminal justice records, delivering pre-certified bail bonds to the bail business, and other activities to assist the business outside the scope of her official duties.

U.S. District Judge Helen G. Berrigan scheduled sentencing for March 11, 2015.  TATE faces a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment and three years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Metropolitan Crime Commission, the New Orleans Police Department, and the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorneys Michael B. Redmann and Mark A. Miller are in charge of the prosecution.

Updated December 3, 2014