Williamson mastermind behind bribery scheme
Lafayette, LA (KADN) — Another name to add to the list on the ongoing investigation of the bribery scam in the District Attorney's Office. Private investigator Robert Williamson has been indicted as of today on one count of conspiracy, six counts of bribery for operating a pay-for-plea scheme that garnered favorable treatment for defendants charged with state violations of OWI, and one count of social security fraud for claiming social security payments while not reporting income from the bribery scheme. The indictment states that Williamson paid bribes in cash and other things of value to personnel within the District Attorney's Office and employees with other organizations associated with the OWI program, including Acadiana Outreach. His indictment follows a list of co-conspirators including Barna Haynes, Greg Williams and Denease Curry all working in the DA's office and Elaine Crump and Sandra Degeyter who were employed with Acadiana Outreach.
"The bribery scheme in this particular indictment strikes at the heart of our justice system, and it undermines the confidence of the citizens of this community who should always feel comfortable about our justice system that it is fair and that it works for everyone regardless of whether or not they can pay money on the side," says Stephanie Finley, United States Attorney for Western District of Louisiana.
When questions were asked about any other target letters being sent out or the involvement of any other person, Finley strongly enforced that the investigation is still very much ongoing and insisted that the US Attorneys Office will not stop this investigation until all guilty parties are brought to justice.