St. Landry

Jul 1, 2013 2:01 PM by Ian Auzenne

Board member Miller pleads guilty in superintendent vote buying scheme

One of the two St. Landry Parish School Board members accused of trying to sell their votes to a superintendent candidate has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery.

John Miller entered his plea this morning before federal District Judge Richard Haik. Miller initially pleaded not guilty in November.

Miller and Quincy Richard are accused of trying to extort $5,000 each from former acting superintendent Joseph Cassimere, who was running for vacant superintendent's position. The board members allegedly promised their votes to Cassimere for the payoff. The FBI was informed, and Cassimere assisted agents in a sting operation.

By virtue of his plea, Miller's seat on the St. Landry Parish School Board becomes vacant.

Miller faces five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release. A sentencing date has not been set.

Richard's trial is scheduled to begin on August 19.

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