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

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Houma Man, Arlen B. Cenac, Jr., Sentenced For Making False Statements To The Federal Elections Commission

ARLEN B. CENAC, JR., age 57, a resident of Houma, LA, was sentenced today in federal court before U.S. District Court Judge Carl J. Barbier to one year probation, a $5,000 fine and a $100 special assessment for Making False Statements to the Federal Elections Commission, announced U.S. Attorney Dana Boente and Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. CENAC had previously pleaded guilty to a one-count Bill of Information.

According to court documents, between February 16, 2008 and May 24, 2008, CENAC, who is the president and owner of Cenac Towing, submitted cashier’s checks that he purchased in the names of individuals other than himself to the campaigns of two United States Senate candidates.  The money CENAC used to purchase these cashier’s checks came from personal and corporate accounts.  In submitting these contributions to the campaigns CENAC, neither obtained nor sought the knowledge, permission or authority of the individuals he listed as remitters on the cashier’s checks.  CENAC’s provision of the cashier’s checks caused a knowing and willful “submission of a materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statement and representation, that is the submission by unwitting authorized campaign committees of candidates for the United States Senate to the Federal Election Commission of a report that was materially false in reporting the source and amount of contributions to the campaigns.”

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section, and the United States Attorney’s Office. 

The case was prosecuted by Department of Justice Trial Attorney Tracee Plowell and Assistant U. S. Attorney Dan Friel.

Updated November 18, 2014