More charges brought against Police J...

More charges brought against Police Juror

There are 37 comments on the www.2theadvocate.com story from Jun 18, 2010, titled More charges brought against Police Juror. In it, www.2theadvocate.com reports that:

A grand jury brought two more felony theft charges Thursday against West Feliciana Parish Police Juror John Cobb, his wife and mother-in-law.

Cobb, 52, his wife, Carol, 48; and his mother-in-law, Louisa Jones, 67, were among seven people State Police arrested May 18 in an alleged check-cashing scheme to divert insurance money from a Clinton nonprofit organization and Union Bethel Family Church near Weyanoke.

The three are officers of the church.

State Police investigators initially booked the seven with one count each of felony theft, but the grand jury indicted John Cobb, Carol Cobb and Jones on three counts of felony theft.

Also indicted on one count each of felony theft are:

•First-term East Feliciana Parish School Board member Oliver L. Wingfield, 79, 7014 Tommy James Lane, Jackson.

•The Rev. George Veal, 61, 7558 Greenup Lane, Ethel.

•Contractor David Deloach, 55, 7006 Tommy James Lane, Jackson.

•John B. Perry, 62, 7599 Greenup Lane, Ethel.

Wingfield and Veal were directors of the nonprofit group, Feliciana Enrichment Center. Its building in Clinton was destroyed by fire in August 2008.

The grand jury heard testimony Thursday from church Deacon Rayfield Goings and Trooper Lance Kennedy.

The seven are scheduled to appear in 20th Judicial District Court in St. Francisville on July 8, District Attorney Sam D’Aquilla said.

State Police began investigating the activities of the Cobb family in November after other Union Bethel Family Church leaders questioned the handling of church funds by John and Carol Cobb dating back to December 2008.

The church became aware of the scheme after an employee of the Bank of St. Francisville contacted church members to notify them of a large overdraft of the church account, which exceeded $11,000, State Police said in a news release last month.

After reviewing bank records, detectives uncovered a complex series of bank transactions that originated from a check written to the Union Bethel Family Church for $80,000 on Dec. 5, 2008, by the Feliciana Enrichment Center Inc. and signed by the company’s president and vice president, Wingfield and Veal, respectively.

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“FIRE SIMS!”

Since: May 10

Saint Francisville, LA

#1 Jun 18, 2010
Come on Tick. I cant believe your going to let Miss Louisa go to jail over this. You need to do the right thing.
Steve

Denham Springs, LA

#2 Jun 18, 2010
Step up John Cobb. The evidence seems overwhelming. Your buddies at the Police Jury can't protect you from this. Are you really going to let your family go to jail for you?
Lois

United States

#3 Jun 18, 2010
Steve wrote:
Step up John Cobb. The evidence seems overwhelming. Your buddies at the Police Jury can't protect you from this. Are you really going to let your family go to jail for you?
Of course he is. John Cobb doesn't have the good sense God gave a slug. Look at his past performances. For him to STEAL FROM HIS CHURCH is no surprise to me. To steal is one thing. To be an elected public official and steal is yet another. BUT, to steal from the church...you answer this one. I hope we have a good Christian judge on the bench for his trial.
Buddy

Sunset, LA

#4 Jun 18, 2010
Hey, was John Cobb anywhere near the Hancock Bank ATM machine this week?
Tick

Denham Springs, LA

#5 Jun 18, 2010
How did the name "Tick" come about? A parasite who sucks the blood out of its host... Can cause pain, irritation, infection - carrier of deadly "lie(to)me" --- How appropriate
how soon can cobb be out

Breaux Bridge, LA

#6 Jun 19, 2010
What is the July 8 court date going to determine? Guilt or innocence? Or is it another preliminary hearing? Is it truly possible he could be off the jury by Aug? What then will become of his seat??
Lou

Denham Springs, LA

#7 Jun 19, 2010
Only if he pleads guilty. It will take a long time to get this to trial. At least he quit voting straight down the line.

I hope the State Police will continue to gather information - Where did the money come from to pay for the new a/c units that were purchased after he was arrested?
FOLLOW THE MONEY...

“FIRE SIMS!”

Since: May 10

Saint Francisville, LA

#8 Jun 19, 2010
how soon can cobb be out wrote:
Is it truly possible he could be off the jury by Aug? What then will become of his seat??
I think "his seat" is why Cobb and Minor and Ernest started this new company. Getting ready to start paying folks to vote the way they tell us to.

FELICIANA VOTERS, INC
COBB'S ROLE: Director & Agent
CREATED: 4/5/2010
CONDITION: Good Standing
OTHERS INVOLVED: Raymond Minor, Jimmie Ernest
Citizen

Denham Springs, LA

#9 Jun 19, 2010
What is this: Feliciana Voters, Inc.
Is this a real corporation? What did he do with this corporation? I wonder who all paid into this corporation and what happened to the money funneled through this. The number of corporations the jurors have created are astounding. What about the corporations they are shareholders in? Are those available for the public to view? Are any of the police jurors or parish manager/ IT director members of the PAC formed to help get the money for the Villages of Columbia???

“Danses avec des cocodrie”

Since: Jul 07

Saint Francisville, LA

#10 Jun 19, 2010
John Cobb, you should be ashamed of yourself. We are embarrassed for you.

A real man would not allow his wife and her mother to go through this to try to save his own guilty neck. You know they've got you dead to rights this time. You also know your buddies can't make it go away.

Please don't let Mrs. Jones go to jail over this. She is a good woman and probably only signed what you told her to sign.

Man up.
StraightTalk

Denham Springs, LA

#11 Jun 19, 2010
Man up?? With a college degree in interior decorating??
How soon can Cobb be out

Breaux Bridge, LA

#12 Jun 20, 2010
Lady Zoot of the Delta wrote:
John Cobb, you should be ashamed of yourself. We are embarrassed for you.
A real man would not allow his wife and her mother to go through this to try to save his own guilty neck. You know they've got you dead to rights this time. You also know your buddies can't make it go away.
Please don't let Mrs. Jones go to jail over this. She is a good woman and probably only signed what you told her to sign.
Man up.
Several people have posted that Cobb should plead guilty for the benefit of his wife and mother-in-law. Has he been offered a deal that would reduce the charges against his family?
Mindy

Greenwell Springs, LA

#13 Jun 25, 2010
Mom always said what happen in the dark will surface to the light. You are an evil man to not care about the example you are setting for your family and the community
grandiose

Baton Rouge, LA

#14 Jun 25, 2010
What an embarassment..... You would think that he would resign his duties as police juror....Cobb thinks eveyone is stupid. He should rot in jail!

“FIRE SIMS!”

Since: May 10

Saint Francisville, LA

#15 Jun 25, 2010
grandiose wrote:
What an embarassment..... You would think that he would resign his duties as police juror....Cobb thinks eveyone is stupid. He should rot in jail!
He will defintely do that! He's halfway rotten already.

“Time flies like an arrow...”

Since: Mar 07

"fruit flies like a banana"

#16 Jun 26, 2010
Sentence for former New Orleans official Ben Edwards is stiff and just: An editorial

Published: Saturday, June 26, 2010, 6:03 AM
TED JACKSON / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE

Benjamin Edwards served on the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board for 20 years, and during that lengthy tenure, the longest of any board member, he used his position to shake down contractors for millions in kickbacks.

But now the corrupt ex-board member will spend an even longer time in prison, serving nearly 22 years for his crimes. U.S. District Judge Lance Africk handed down the sentence Thursday, and it's appropriately tough.

Mr. Edwards didn't only abuse the public trust as a member of the Sewerage & Water Board. He was also a pastor of Third Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in the 9th Ward, and he used the church to launder money he extorted from contractors, who paid it in the form of "donations" or "scholarships" to Third Shiloh.

Judge Africk called his abuse of his church position "despicable," and surely it was. Even if the money had been used for charitable purposes, the shakedown would have been wrong. But Mr. Edwards and his brother, Bruce Edwards, pocketed the money, using it to buy cars and personal items and to finance political campaigns.

Judge Africk pointed out that Mr. Edwards' criminal behavior began in 1999 but grew after Hurricane Katrina, when he and his brother created a construction company with sham directors to conceal the fact that Bruce Edwards controlled the firm. Mr. Edwards then used his clout to force contractor Montgomery Watson Harza to hire that company. That scheme brought $3 million in payments.

"You were an impediment to the recovery," Judge Africk said.

He's right to frame Mr. Edwards' crimes in that context. Corrupt public officials rob the public by making services more costly; they destroy public trust. And at a time when this community was reeling from a catastrophic disaster and badly needed honest public servants, Mr. Edwards was illegally enriching himself.

Mr. Edwards asked the court for mercy, saying that he regretted his actions. But he could have lightened his punishment by helping prosecutors who are working on other investigations. He didn't do so, First Assistant U.S. Attorney Jan Maselli Mann said. His lack of cooperation, coupled with the fact that he led criminal efforts that involved so much money are strong arguments for a long sentence.

The judge also took Mr. Edwards to task for extorting money from minority business owners while portraying himself as a champion of a program to steer contracts to such companies. One business owner testified that he ended up in foreclosure, laying off 40 employees, because of the money Mr. Edwards squeezed from him.

"He hustled me, and he destroyed my company," James L. Jones said. Indeed, Mr. Edwards was a hustler and a destroyer, and it's frustrating that he was on such an important board for so long.

"It is a travesty when public officials use their position to enrich themselves at the expense of the citizens they are entrusted to represented," said David Welker, the local head of the FBI, noting that Mr. Edwards hid behind his church, "reducing the credibility of both the religious institution and the political one."

Now, he'll finally pay for his corruption.

http://www.nola.com/opinions/index.ssf/2010/0...
save cobb a cell

Denham Springs, LA

#17 Jun 28, 2010
grandiose wrote:
What an embarassment..... You would think that he would resign his duties as police juror....Cobb thinks eveyone is stupid. He should rot in jail!
maybe he can get roach to try to buy the jury again
Corrupt

Saint Francisville, LA

#18 Jun 28, 2010
The entire police jury is corrupt. If the state police would dig deeper into the practices of the current jury, I think that they would find lots of unlawful practices. The only person that I would venture to say is halfway honest might be Lea Williams and I think that it is because she is too naive to see what is happening before eyes. She tries to do the right thing, but she is only one person in a sea of very smelly business practices. If you notice, they shoot her ideas and questions down and make her look like she is a very insignificant part of the jury that does not deserve the respect that the men on the jury think they deserve. I could go on for days, but I will with this. I hope that one day soon someone will have the nerve to stand up to the powers that be and tell them that we are fed up with the underhanded shenanigans of the police jury.

“FIRE SIMS!”

Since: May 10

Saint Francisville, LA

#19 Jun 28, 2010
pragmatist wrote:
Sentence for former New Orleans official Ben Edwards is stiff and just: An editorial
Published: Saturday, June 26, 2010, 6:03 AM
TED JACKSON / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE
Benjamin Edwards served on the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board for 20 years, and during that lengthy tenure, the longest of any board member, he used his position to shake down contractors for millions in kickbacks.
But now the corrupt ex-board member will spend an even longer time in prison, serving nearly 22 years for his crimes. U.S. District Judge Lance Africk handed down the sentence Thursday, and it's appropriately tough.
Mr. Edwards didn't only abuse the public trust as a member of the Sewerage & Water Board. He was also a pastor of Third Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in the 9th Ward, and he used the church to launder money he extorted from contractors, who paid it in the form of "donations" or "scholarships" to Third Shiloh.
Judge Africk called his abuse of his church position "despicable," and surely it was. Even if the money had been used for charitable purposes, the shakedown would have been wrong. But Mr. Edwards and his brother, Bruce Edwards, pocketed the money, using it to buy cars and personal items and to finance political campaigns.
Judge Africk pointed out that Mr. Edwards' criminal behavior began in 1999 but grew after Hurricane Katrina, when he and his brother created a construction company with sham directors to conceal the fact that Bruce Edwards controlled the firm. Mr. Edwards then used his clout to force contractor Montgomery Watson Harza to hire that company. That scheme brought $3 million in payments.
"You were an impediment to the recovery," Judge Africk said.
He's right to frame Mr. Edwards' crimes in that context. Corrupt public officials rob the public by making services more costly; they destroy public trust. And at a time when this community was reeling from a catastrophic disaster and badly needed honest public servants, Mr. Edwards was illegally enriching himself.
Mr. Edwards asked the court for mercy, saying that he regretted his actions. But he could have lightened his punishment by helping prosecutors who are working on other investigations. He didn't do so, First Assistant U.S. Attorney Jan Maselli Mann said. His lack of cooperation, coupled with the fact that he led criminal efforts that involved so much money are strong arguments for a long sentence.
The judge also took Mr. Edwards to task for extorting money from minority business owners while portraying himself as a champion of a program to steer contracts to such companies. One business owner testified that he ended up in foreclosure, laying off 40 employees, because of the money Mr. Edwards squeezed from him.
"He hustled me, and he destroyed my company," James L. Jones said. Indeed, Mr. Edwards was a hustler and a destroyer, and it's frustrating that he was on such an important board for so long.
"It is a travesty when public officials use their position to enrich themselves at the expense of the citizens they are entrusted to represented," said David Welker, the local head of the FBI, noting that Mr. Edwards hid behind his church, "reducing the credibility of both the religious institution and the political one."
Now, he'll finally pay for his corruption.
http://www.nola.com/opinions/index.ssf/2010/0...
Similarities are freaky! Hope the FBI comes to visit us soon.
term limit

Denham Springs, LA

#20 Jun 29, 2010
pragmatist wrote:
Sentence for former New Orleans official Ben Edwards is stiff and just: An editorial
Published: Saturday, June 26, 2010, 6:03 AM
TED JACKSON / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE
Benjamin Edwards served on the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board for 20 years, and during that lengthy tenure, the longest of any board member, he used his position to shake down contractors for millions in kickbacks.
But now the corrupt ex-board member will spend an even longer time in prison, serving nearly 22 years for his crimes. U.S. District Judge Lance Africk handed down the sentence Thursday, and it's appropriately tough.
Mr. Edwards didn't only abuse the public trust as a member of the Sewerage & Water Board. He was also a pastor of Third Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in the 9th Ward, and he used the church to launder money he extorted from contractors, who paid it in the form of "donations" or "scholarships" to Third Shiloh.
Judge Africk called his abuse of his church position "despicable," and surely it was. Even if the money had been used for charitable purposes, the shakedown would have been wrong. But Mr. Edwards and his brother, Bruce Edwards, pocketed the money, using it to buy cars and personal items and to finance political campaigns.
Judge Africk pointed out that Mr. Edwards' criminal behavior began in 1999 but grew after Hurricane Katrina, when he and his brother created a construction company with sham directors to conceal the fact that Bruce Edwards controlled the firm. Mr. Edwards then used his clout to force contractor Montgomery Watson Harza to hire that company. That scheme brought $3 million in payments.
"You were an impediment to the recovery," Judge Africk said.
He's right to frame Mr. Edwards' crimes in that context. Corrupt public officials rob the public by making services more costly; they destroy public trust. And at a time when this community was reeling from a catastrophic disaster and badly needed honest public servants, Mr. Edwards was illegally enriching himself.
Mr. Edwards asked the court for mercy, saying that he regretted his actions. But he could have lightened his punishment by helping prosecutors who are working on other investigations. He didn't do so, First Assistant U.S. Attorney Jan Maselli Mann said. His lack of cooperation, coupled with the fact that he led criminal efforts that involved so much money are strong arguments for a long sentence.
The judge also took Mr. Edwards to task for extorting money from minority business owners while portraying himself as a champion of a program to steer contracts to such companies. One business owner testified that he ended up in foreclosure, laying off 40 employees, because of the money Mr. Edwards squeezed from him.
"He hustled me, and he destroyed my company," James L. Jones said. Indeed, Mr. Edwards was a hustler and a destroyer, and it's frustrating that he was on such an important board for so long.
"It is a travesty when public officials use their position to enrich themselves at the expense of the citizens they are entrusted to represented," said David Welker, the local head of the FBI, noting that Mr. Edwards hid behind his church, "reducing the credibility of both the religious institution and the political one."
Now, he'll finally pay for his corruption.
http://www.nola.com/opinions/index.ssf/2010/0...
Why arenít term limits in place? This would cut down on corruption or at least prevent it from going unchecked for 20 plus years.

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