Former St. Tammany district attorney guilty of conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering

Sara Pagones and Faimon A. Roberts III

The New Orleans Advocate

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The jury in Walter and Steven Reed's federal corruption trial found the pair guilty on all counts except one of two money laundering charges.

After over four hours of deliberation, the jury returned the verdict, finding that the former north shore district attorney and his son, Steven, conspired to commit one count of wire fraud and another of money laundering.

The jury also found Walter Reed guilty on all counts of making false statements on his income taxes, all counts of mail fraud in connection with taking money from St. Tammany Parish hospital that was intended for his office and all counts of wire fraud that dealt with using campaign funds for personal expenditures.

The jury also found both guilty of money laundering in a scheme to divert $5,000 from a caterer at a fundraising event to Steven Reed. But the other money laundering count, which dealt with $5,000 the Walter Reed campaign paid White Oak Production for the same event, the jury returned a verdict of not guilty.

Sentencing is set for Sept. 15. Both will remain free on bond until then.

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