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

Thursday, May 21, 2015

New Orleans Man Sentenced for Theft of Government Funds

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JAMES CONRAD, JR., age 50, New Orleans, was sentenced today to one year and one day imprisonment for the theft of $247,800 in government funds.

U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown sentenced CONRAD one year and one day imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release.  CONRAD was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $192,245.12.

CONRAD had pled guilty to stealing $196,690.43 from the United States Office of Personnel Management and $51,110 from Social Security Administration over the course of 15 years. CONRAD jointly held a bank account with his aunt, who died in 1998. Unaware of CONRAD’S aunt’s death, the two agencies continued wiring survivor and retirement benefits for her to the account. CONRAD, knowing the payments did not belong to him, received the benefits until 2013 when the agencies learned that his aunt had died. After the crime was discovered, the government recovered $55,555.31 from the bank account.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Office of Personnel Management - Office of Inspector General and the Social Security Administration - Office of Inspector General in investigating this matter.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Chandra Menon was in charge of this prosecution.

Updated May 22, 2015