Former Jefferson Parish president will also pay $280,000 in restitution and forfeitures
Former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard must serve 46 months in prison and pay up to $280,000 for his role in separate payroll fraud and bribery schemes.
U.S. District Judge Hayden Head said Monday that $214,000 will repay Jefferson Parish for fraudulently paid salaries and benefits to Broussard's ex-wife, Karen Parker, and former parish attorney Tom Wilkinson. The rest forfeits bribes from a parish contractor.
Parker and Wilkinson both got probation and must repay the parish. All three pleaded guilty.
Broussard also admitted taking bribes from Kenner businessman William Mack. Mack and Tim Whitmer, the parish's former chief administrative officer, also have pleaded guilty and will be sentenced later.
Broussard's prison term is the minimum under federal sentencing guidelines. He asked to be assigned to a prison in Pensacola, Fla.
Following his sentencing hearing, Broussard told reporters, "I'm gonna go and accept my sentence, and I'm gonna do it dutifully, I'm gonna do it humbly."
"I will ask forgiveness and ask for prayers of forgiveness from those people that I've offended, and I will ask for continued prayers of support for those that know me and love me during my time of incarceration," Broussard said.
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