Friday, October 23, 2020

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.

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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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