OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — Suspended St. Landry Parish School Board member Quincy Richard has appealed his August federal corruption convictions.

A jury convicted Richard of bribery, aiding and abetting bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery last month.

Testimony showed that Richard and a fellow former board member solicited a bribe from Joseph Cassimere, who was seeking the job of parish schools superintendent.

The Advertiser of Lafayette reports that, in a motion filed Tuesday, Richard's son and lawyer, Quincy Richard Jr., argued that his father did not know money was in an envelope that a surveillance video showed him accepting from Cassimere.

Richard Jr. also contends in the appeal that the alleged crime did not fall under federal jurisdiction.

Meanwhile, according to our news partners at KATC, Stephen Woods, an Opelousas accountant, has been selected by the board as a temporary replacement for Richard.

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Information from: The Advertiser

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