St. Francisville Accused Thief Gets Suspended Sentence
ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) — One of seven defendants accused of diverting funds from a nonprofit organization to private hands has received a suspended sentence.
Sixty-nine-year-old Louisa P. Jones pleaded no contest to felony theft in March.
The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/KCVQJL ) state District Judge William G. Carmichael issued his ruling Thursday. Jones could have the conviction expunged after a year.
Jones' son-in-law is former West Feliciana Parish Police Juror John Cobb.
State police arrested Cobb, Jones, Cobb's wife, Clinton minister George Veal, former East Feliciana Parish School Board member Oliver Wingfield and two contractors in an alleged scheme to divert an $80,000 insurance payment to Feliciana Enrichment Center for the fire loss of its building in 2008.
Troopers allege that the money was funneled through Union Bethel Family Church of Weyanoke