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Laplace Woman Sentenced to Over Two Years for Church Embezzlement

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – ANITA WILLENE HOBDY, age 68, of LaPlace, was sentenced to 27 months in prison on May 11, 203 for wire fraud, stemming from fraudulent charges made from First Baptist Church of LaPlace, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

HOBDY previously pled guilty to a one-count bill of information for wire fraud that involved her conduct from 2015 through 2021.  According to court documents, HOBDY was a bookkeeper for a church’s daycare and embezzled over $175,000 from church accounts during that period.

The Honorable Eldon E. Fallon sentenced HOBDY to 27 months in prison, followed by one year of supervised release, and a mandatory $100 special assessment fee.  She was also ordered to pay $175,124.26 in restitution to the First Baptist Church of LaPlace.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the United States Secret Service and the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas D. Moses, Health Care Fraud Coordinator, is in charge of the prosecution.


Shane M. Jones

Public Information Officer

United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

United States Department of Justice

Updated May 15, 2023

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