- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A Lafayette private investigator accused of charging clients as much as $5,000 per case to grease the wheels of justice with bribes and gifts for district attorney employees has been sentenced to federal prison.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1OX7tKa) 64 year-old Robert Williamson caught in a federal investigation that also netted three employees of the DA’s office and is blamed with longtime District Attorney Mike Harson’s failed bid for re-election last year.

Williamson pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges of conspiracy, bribery and Social Security fraud as a jury was being selected for his trial. He admitted receiving at least $443,000 to secure special plea deals for his clients by paying off DA employees.

U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Foote hand down the maximum sentence Friday under federal guidelines - 78 months.

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