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

Friday, November 8, 2019

State Senator Charged With Making False Statement

NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that WESLEY T. BISHOP, age 51, of New Orleans was charged today with making a false statement, a crime punishable by up to five years’ imprisonment.

According to the bill of information, BISHOP knowingly and willfully made a false statement to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.  U.S. Attorney Strasser reiterated that a bill of information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

If convicted, BISHOP faces a maximum sentence of five years, three years of supervised release, a restitution order, a fine, and a mandatory special assessment of $100.

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 November 8, 2019