Renee Gill Pratt Sentenced to 7+ Years!!

U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle handed the sentence down yesterday forGill Pratt’s role in skimming more than $1 million in taxpayer dollars from bogus Central City charities that were supposed to aid the poor and disadvantaged. To the end, Pratt insisted that she was duped by people she trusted. I’m sure Lemelle was tired of hearing that line, as he ordered her to pay restitution of $1.1 million, as the jury requested.

Renee Gill Pratt

Renee Gill Pratt

So overall, it wasn’t Gill Pratt’s best day, to say the least. Lemelle said Gill Pratt enjoyed a “stellar career” as an educator and politician before the indictment and said he believed that she was “played” by Mose Jefferson, whom he described as the “brain” behind the scheme. Nonetheless, Lemelle said, Gill Pratt must be held accountable for her actions.

Gill Pratt is the sixth family member or close associate to be convicted of corruption since late 2008, when ex-congressman William Jefferson was found guilty on 11 bribery related charges.

Around 150 people, including Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman, wrote letters to the Judge asking for leniency for Gill Pratt. Lemelle said it was most letters he’d seen written for any defendant except one, a state senator from Arkansas that he once sentenced.

~ by neworleansmusicman on November 4, 2011.

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