Former Caddo Commissioner Convicted of Wire Fraud
A federal jury finds former Caddo Parish Commissioner Michael Williams guilty of defrauding the commission and stealing from a non-profit meant to help at-risk youth.
U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley says the 55-year-old was convicted of all 11 counts of wire fraud after a four-day trial that ended today. The jury deliberated for one hour before finding Williams guilty of stealing from SWAG Nation.
According to evidence presented at his trial, from October 1, 2012, through July 1, 2014, Williams devised a scheme to take more than $8,000 from the non-profit's bank account. Williams urged the parish commission to appropriate public funds for SWAG Nation, then he caused a bank debit card to be issued for the non-profit.
Between April 2013 and July 2014, Williams used the bank card to withdraw money on numerous occasions, taking $100 to $200 each time. He used the card more than 45 times for cash withdrawals and other matters.
According to a news release from Finley, SWAG Nation's declared purpose is to partner with local institutions to help mentor and counsel at-risk youth ages 7 to 17 so they can better function in society.
Williams faces up to 20 years in prison, five years supervised release and a $250,000 fine for each count. He'll be sentenced July 13.