- Associated Press - Saturday, October 25, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A probation revocation hearing for former Tangipahoa Parish School Board member Eric Dangerfield has been delayed.

The hearing for Dangerfield, who is running for his old seat, was delayed until after the Nov. 4 election. The Advocate reports (https://bitly.com/1FNbcoD ) that the state requested a continuance because two attorneys were out of town Friday.

Dangerfield and his wife, Cassandra, received suspended sentences in May after pleading guilty in a Medicaid fraud case tied to their personal care business in Hammond.

The state Attorney General’s Office filed a motion July 17 to have their probations revoked because they had paid only about $200 toward the court-ordered $3.5 million in restitution, fines and costs, and had failed to forfeit property required under their plea deal.

The plea deal required Eric Dangerfield to resign from the School Board - which he did on July 15 - but did not state that he could not seek re-election to the same post.

Appearing on the state’s behalf Friday, Assistant Attorney General Tasha Stockwell advised state District Judge Michael Erwin, of the 19th Judicial District Court, that the Dangerfields’ attorney, who was not present for the hearing, had no objection to the delay.

The hearing was re-set for Dec. 5.

The Dangerfields’ plea deals came after prosecutors said their business filed numerous false claims for state Medicaid funding, then used the proceeds to pay their salaries, buy property and luxury vehicles, pay college tuition for their adult sons and fund Eric Dangerfield’s previous School Board campaign. The couple filed false tax returns to hide the income, the state Attorney General’s Office said.

Eric Dangerfield pleaded guilty to six misdemeanor counts of theft and two misdemeanor counts of tax evasion.

Cassandra Dangerfield pleaded guilty to one felony count of racketeering and two felony counts of tax evasion.


Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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