Former LHA director faces federal bribery charges - KLFY News 10

Former LHA director faces federal bribery charges

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The former director of the Lafayette Housing Authority and Opelousas Housing Authority, Walter Guillory, is facing federal bribery and fraud charges.

According to the bill of information filed by U. S. Attorney Stephanie Finley,  Guillory is charged with one count of receiving more than $100,000 dollars in bribes from vendors of either the LHA or OHA,  and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

  Garnette Thomas, the former grants and capital funds coordinator of the OHA, is named as a co-conspirator.  Thomas pleaded guilty this past September to a federal wire fraud charge, and in return for the plea deal, agreed to cooperate with federal authorities.

 The bill of information also includes criminal forfeiture.  If Guillory is convicted of the charges, he will be required to forfeit the more than $100,000 derived from the criminal offenses.

Guillory resigned from Lafayette Housing Authority in 2010 and the Opelousas Housing Authority in 2009.  KLFY was unable to reach Guillory for comment.

-BLUE ROLFES

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