- Associated Press - Thursday, July 17, 2014

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The former executive director of the Lafayette Housing Authority has reported to federal prison in Montgomery, Alabama, to serve out his 28-month sentence for bribery and bid law violations.

The Advertiser reports (https://bit.ly/1jSSZP1) Walter Guillory, 51, pleaded guilty in February.

He reported to prison on Monday.

In June, U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Foote sentenced him to two 28-month prison terms, to run concurrently. At Guillory’s request, Foote recommended he be incarcerated in the federal prison in Oakdale.

Guillory, formerly the executive director with the Alexandria Housing Authority, was executive director of the Lafayette Housing Authority from July 1999 until October 2010 when he was forced to resign after an audit revealed financial and other irregularities. He also served as executive director of the Opelousas Housing Authority from 2005 until 2009.

Guillory pleaded guilty in February to bribery in connection with an annual baseball fundraiser he organized to raise money for youth programs at the Lafayette housing complexes. According to investigators, Guillory required businesses to contribute to the baseball event in return for keeping contracts with the two housing authorities. He also allegedly pocketed $100,000 from the fund raisers.

Guillory also pleaded guilty to violating state and federal bid laws by falsifying bids to make it look like the Opelousas Housing Authority was following bid laws. Garnett Thomas, the grants coordinator for the OHA, pleaded guilty in August to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in the scheme. Thomas reportedly was sentenced last week to probation for two months.

In April, businessman Kendall T. Anderson of Anderson Iron Works entered a plea deal in connection with the scheme for failing to report the bid-rigging. A 2011 Daily Advertiser investigation found the company received around $100,000 in housing authority work without submitting formal bids. Anderson’s sentencing is set for Aug. 28.


Information from: The Advertiser, https://www.theadvertiser.com

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