- Associated Press - Saturday, October 11, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The former chief financial officer at New Orleans Traffic Court has been convicted of 11 counts including money laundering and theft.

A federal jury in New Orleans convicted Vandale Thomas on Friday. He will be sentenced Jan. 14 by U.S. District Judge Stanwood R. Duval Jr.

Prosecutors say in a news release that Thomas embezzled $680,000 during his three years with the traffic court. They say Thomas, of Prairieville, used the money to gamble and make a down payment on an $80,000 Bentley GT Coupe.

Thomas faces up to 10 years in prison for each of six counts of theft and money laundering and up to five years on each of five counts of trying to hide his cash withdrawals and avoid reporting requirements on transactions over $10,000.

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