Ex-Justice Of The Peace In Jefferson Parish Convicted Of Fraud

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A former Jefferson Parish justice of the peace is facing a maximum sentence that could span four lifetimes.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans says a jury deliberated about three hours following a week-long trial to find 40-year-old Patrick Dejean guilty on 13 federal counts of mail fraud and three counts of making false statements to a bank.

Over a seven-year period he fraudulently obtained wage garnishments and loan money on behalf of the Second Justice Court and spent it on gambling and other personal expenses.

His total sentence could run as long as 350 years.

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