Thursday, January 21, 2021

Former st. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain to be federally indicted for bribery, kickback scheme

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Federal prosecutors from the Eastern District of Louisiana office announced a 16-count indictment of former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain.

The federal charges involve allegations that he orchestrated a scheme to defraud citizens, through a much-maligned halfway house program.

More: Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa acquitted in bribery trial: ‘I believe in the legal system’

The program involved the awarding of a contract worth over $1 million, with the intent of steering a portion of that money to Strain, and two former associates, deputies David Hanson, and Skip Keen.

Both have pleaded guilty. The feds say the scheme continued from 2013, to 2017.

Strain also faces state charges he had sex with minors in St. Tammany Parish.

He’s pleaded not guilty to those charges.

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