Mayfield and Markham Plead Not Guilty in Federal Court!

I’ve already stated that Irvin Mayfield, the celebrated and not so celebrated New Orleans trumpeter, along with his co-defendant Ronald Markham will serve time (that’s my opinion), and his plea of not guilty isn’t going to stand up in court. Markham and Mayfield were indicted December 14 in New Orleans.

            Ronald Markham

Irvin is a Grammy winner and has pleaded poverty in court, even though he has earned millions of dollars in the last decade as his career matured. Mayfield and Markham are charged with one count of conspiracy, 11 counts of money laundering and aiding/abetting, 4 counts of wire fraud, one count of obstruction of justice. Mayfield is facing one charge alone, a solitary mail fraud charge.

Magistrate Judge Daniel Knowles mentioned that both men had no legal records, so he offered an unsecured appearance bail of $25,000 each.  Both defendants won’t have to put up money for bail unless a court appearance is missed.

Mayfield is accused of stealing $1.4 million from the Library Foundation. Both men served on the board from 2011 to 2013. Irvin had been building his stellar reputation for well over a decade. Former mayor Ray Nagin gave $1.4 million in grant money to Mayfield for his Jazz Orchestra. After Nagin left office, this revenue source dried up, leaving Mayfield short over a million dollars. This is when the Library Foundation funds went missing.

Mayfield and Markham are accused of making up board minutes after stealing the Library funds to erase the theft. That is called covering up a crime. Among the perks paid for with stolen funds are trips to Harrah’s casino, a gold plated trumpet for Mayfield, and rooms at the Ritz Carlton and Park Central hotels.

Mayfield won a Grammy in 2009 for best large jazz ensemble. As he is pleaded poverty in court this week (after earning millions), he was appointed a seasoned public defender, Claude Kelly. Markham is represented by attorney Sara Johnson.

                                  New Orleans’ Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield

The trumpeter is claiming he earns only $800/month, and that his bills amount to more than that.  I sincerely believe that Mayfield is currently earning way more than $800/month.  Mayfield’s lifestyle is an expensive one.

Kelly filed a motion to dismiss, due to the alleged leaks.  He says he has evidence pointing towards the U.S. Attorney’s Office as the leakers of grand jury testimony. This ploy occasionally works, but I doubt it will here. The prosecution’s case appears to be quite strong.

~ by neworleansmusicman on January 5, 2018.

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