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Jun 21, 2013 8:51 AM by AP (Photo courtesy MGN Online)

Ex-ATC official's fraud trial postponed

A federal judge has delayed the fraud trial of former state Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner Murphy Painter.
On Thursday, U.S. District Judge James J. Brady rescheduled the trial of Painter from Aug. 19 until Dec. 9 on 42 counts of computer fraud, aggravated identity theft and false statements to FBI agents.
A day earlier, the 60-year-old Painter, of Gonzales, announced that he is switching defense attorneys for a third time since his indictment in May 2012.
Painter's 13-month-old indictment alleges that he illegally accessed confidential personal information through the Louisiana Law Enforcement Telecommunications System and the FBI's National Crime Information Center database.
Painter also is accused of falsely telling FBI agents that those database searches were conducted for official purposes.



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