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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Former State Senator Pleads Guilty To Making False Statement

NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that today WESLEY T. BISHOP, age 52, of New Orleans pleaded guilty to making a false statement, a crime punishable by up to five years’ imprisonment.  BISHOP admitted to knowingly and willfully making a false, material statement to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) in connection with rental property that he owned.  Pursuant to the plea agreement, BISHOP has agreed to pay restitution to the State of Louisiana, Division of Administration, Office of Community Development, which administers the subject Small Rental Property Program on behalf of HUD.  Judge Greg Guidry scheduled sentencing for April 21, 2020, at 10:00 a.m.

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Andre J. Lagarde is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated January 21, 2020