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Feb 5, 2013 7:50 PM by Tonya LaCoste

Acadiana Outreach Case Manager Pleads Guilty to OWI Bribery Scheme

Another person has pleaded guilty in the 894 bribery scheme at the 15th Judicial District Attorney's Office. Elaine Crump, 59, of Lafayette, pleaded guilty to Misprision of a Felony, which means she failed to report a bribery scheme.

In federal court, Crump, a former Acadiana Outreach Center case manager, admitted to helping another former case manager forge Crump's signature on fraudulent certificates, according to US Attorney Stephanie Finley. The certificates verified that people who pleaded guilty using an 894 plea completed court-mandated community service, but they had not. The 894 process allows someone charged with certain crimes, to plead guilty, and after meeting certain requirements, like community service, the charge would be cleared.

According to the court, the other former case manager falsified the documents then later approached Crump to help her when Crump was promoted to case manager Acadiana Outreach in 2009. "The former case manager proposed to Crump that she, the former case manager, would continue preparing fraudulent Acadiana Outreach certificates on official letterhead, and in exchange for payments, Crump would allow her, the former case manager, to forge Crump's signature on the fraudulent certificates," Finley said.

Crump received payments between $25 and $100 in cash and knew the former case manager was handing over the false certificates to someone else in exchange for cash, according to the court. "In September of 2011, shortly after Crump was laid off from Acadiana Outreach, the former case manager proposed to Crump that she, the former case manager, continue creating additional fraudulent certificates and forging Crump's name on them, but backdating the documents to a period in which Crump was employed by Acadiana Outreach. Crump agreed and continued to receive payments from the former case worker," Finley said.

Crump could face up to three years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, or both, and a term of supervised release of not more than three years, following prison.
"Crump's work at the Outreach Center was an important part of the 894 process and was designed to help people and assist in protecting the public, not to help facilitate Crump's greed. My office and the FBI will continue to investigate and prosecute corruption in the Western District of Louisiana," Finley said.

Another person has pleaded guilty in the 894 bribery scheme involving the 15th Judicial District Attorney's Office. Elaine Crump, 59, of Lafayette, pleaded guilty to Misprision of a Felony, which means she failed to report a bribery scheme.

In federal court, Crump, a former Acadiana Outreach Center case manager, admitted to helping another former case manager forge Crump's signature on fraudulent certificates, according to US Attorney Stephanie Finley. The certificates verified that people who pleaded guilty using an 894 plea completed court-mandated community service, but they had not. The 894 process allows someone charged with certain crimes to plead guilty, and after meeting certain requirements, like community service, the charge is cleared.

According to the court, the other former case manager falsified the documents then later approached Crump to help her when Crump was promoted to case manager Acadiana Outreach in 2009. "The former case manager proposed to Crump that she, the former case manager, would continue preparing fraudulent Acadiana Outreach certificates on official letterhead, and in exchange for payments, Crump would allow her, the former case manager, to forge Crump's signature on the fraudulent certificates," Finley said.

Crump received payments between $25 and $100 in cash and knew the former case manager was handing over the false certificates to someone else in exchange for cash, according to the court. "In September of 2011, shortly after Crump was laid off from Acadiana Outreach, the former case manager proposed to Crump that she, the former case manager, continue creating additional fraudulent certificates and forging Crump's name on them, but backdating the documents to a period in which Crump was employed by Acadiana Outreach. Crump agreed and continued to receive payments from the former case worker," Finley said.

Crump could face up to three years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, or both, and a term of supervised release of not more than three years, following prison.
"Crump's work at the Outreach Center was an important part of the 894 process and was designed to help people and assist in protecting the public, not to help facilitate Crump's greed. My office and the FBI will continue to investigate and prosecute corruption in the Western District of Louisiana," Finley said.

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