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Louisiana Judge Pleads Guilty in Fed Court To Taking Bribes in Scheme to Release Inmates Without Bond

District Judge Wayne Cresap

District Judge Wayne Cresap

Anytime a judge gets busted for taking a bribe it reminds us how vulnerable the legal system is. It also makes us wonder about other judges.

By Chris Kirkham
New Orleans Times-Picayune
NEW ORLEANS — A longtime St. Bernard Parish judge who handled some of the parish’s most high-profile civil lawsuits pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to taking part in a judicial bribery scheme that allowed inmates to get out of jail without paying any bond money.

Judge Wayne Cresap, of the 34th Judicial District, netted more than $70,000 over five years as a result of the scheme that also involved two St. Bernard Parish lawyers, Victor J. “V.J.” Dauterive and Nunzio Salvadore “Sal” Cusimano, who also pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

As part of the plea before U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon, Cresap will resign his judgeship before he is sentenced in January. The crimes are punishable by up to five years in prison and fines of up to $250,000.

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Louisiana Judge and 2 Lawyers Charged With Fraud

When it comes to public corruption charges in New Orleans, why are we not surprised? Fair or not, from an outsider’s view, public corruption seems to be part of the DNA in Bayou country.

District Judge Wayne Cresap

Judge Wayne Cresap

By Chris Kirkham
New Orleans Times-Picayune
NEW ORLEANS –– More than two months after being arrested by the FBI in connection with a judicial corruption scheme, St. Bernard Parish Judge Wayne Cresap has been formally charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Two St. Bernard Parish lawyers were indicted along with him Wednesday.

Wayne Cresap, 62, was formally charged by the U.S. Attorney’s office on a bill of information along with St. Bernard Parish lawyers Victor J. “V.J.” Dauterive and Nunzio Salvadore “Sal” Cusimano.

According to the bill of information, Cresap allegedly took more than a thousand dollars in cash from each lawyer in exchange for allowing inmates to be released from the St. Bernard Parish Prison without putting up money for the bond.

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