Indicted: 4th District Assessor Betty Jefferson
by Gordon Russell and David Hammer, The Times-Picayune
Wednesday June 04, 2008, 5:24 PM
And the beat goes on...U.S. Attorney Jim Letten announced this afternoon that 4th District Assessor Betty Jefferson, an elder sister of U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, has been indicted on a host of fraud-related charges by a federal grand jury. Also indicted were Jefferson's daughter, Angela Coleman, and her brother, the previously indicted Mose Jefferson.
The charges are the culmination of a probe into charities run by members of the Jefferson family and their allies. In a rare move, the FBI announced it was investigating the nonprofits after a 2006 Times-Picayune story revealed apparent self-dealing at them.
The newspaper's report noted that former City Councilwoman and state Rep. Renee Gill Pratt, a protege of the congressman, and former state Rep. Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, one of his five daughters, had steered millions of dollars over the course of a decade or so to three charities associated with the family: Care Unlimited, Orleans Metropolitan Housing and Central City Adult Education.
http://www.nola.com/news/index.ssf/2...rson_sibl.htmlCongressman Jefferson is currently under federal indictment, facing 16 charges of public corruption. He is awaiting a trial date in Virginia.
Mose Jefferson also is already under federal indictment. In April, a grand jury charged him with bribing former Orleans Parish School Board president Ellenese Brooks-Simms in exchange for her support for a computer-based algebra curriculum he was peddling.
Jefferson is a super-delegate for Obama. And our brave Sen. Mary Landrieu finally made up her mind to support Obama yesterday!!