- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The owners of a Hammond personal care business have pleaded guilty for their role in siphoning dollars from the Louisiana Medicaid Program and evade paying state taxes, the state Attorney General’s Office said.

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said Cassandra N. Dangerfield, 55, pleaded guilty Friday to one felony count of racketeering and two felony counts of state tax evasion. Her husband and business partner, Eric Dangerfield, 61, pleaded guilty to six counts of misdemeanor theft and two misdemeanor counts of tax evasion.

Cassandra Dangerfield received a 14-year suspended sentence, and was placed on five years of active supervised probation. Eric Dangerfield received a 4-year suspended sentence. The Dangerfields will pay $3.5 million in restitution, fines and penalties and $74,000 for back taxes.

In addition, Caldwell’s office said Eric Dangerfield, who serves on the Tangipahoa Parish School Board, must resign by Aug. 7.

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