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

Thursday, December 4, 2014

New Orleans Bail Bondswoman Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud Conspiracy

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JANET SMITH, age 44, of New Orleans, pled guilty today to a one-count Bill of Information charging her with conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

According to court documents, SMITH became a licensed bail bondwoman in 1996.  She later permitted her name, license, and contracts with two insurance companies to be used to operate an illegal bail bonding business located at 538 S. Broad Street in New Orleans.

U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo scheduled sentencing for March 5, 2015.  SMITH faces a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment and three years supervised release.

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

Updated December 4, 2014