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  N.O. assessor Betty Jefferson, daughter plead guilty in federal fraud case
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ContributorBrandonius Maximus 
Last EditedBrandonius Maximus  Feb 25, 2010 06:30pm
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AuthorBy Gordon Russell, The Times-Picayune
MediaNewspaper - New Orleans Times-Picayune
News DateFriday, February 26, 2010 12:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionFourth District Assessor Betty Jefferson and her daughter, Angela Coleman, pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal conspiracy charge, admitting they used political offices and nonprofit groups they controlled to enrich themselves over the course of seven years.

The two pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle. They are scheduled to be sentenced May 26.

Jefferson, 70, and Coleman, 53, were to face trial beginning March 22, alongside Mose Jefferson, a political operative and brother of Betty Jefferson, and Renee Gill Pratt, a former City Council member and state representative and longtime companion of Mose Jefferson.

Gill Pratt and Mose Jefferson still face charges in the case, and the trial date has not been changed.

Betty Jefferson and Coleman each face a possible maximum sentence of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of probation. Sentencing has been scheduled for May 26.

Mose Jefferson has already been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his conviction last year on charges of bribery and obstruction of justice.

Mose and Betty Jefferson are siblings of former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, who was also convicted last year in a federal corruption case. William Jefferson was sentenced to 13 years in federal prison, but has been allowed to remain free while his appeal is pending.
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