Sep 9, 2010 9:32 PM by Alison Haynes
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former state judge has been sentenced to
five years in prison for his role in a bribery scheme to allow
inmates to get out of jail without paying any bond money.
Sixty-two-year-old Wayne Cresap, who sat in St. Bernard Parish,
also was ordered Thursday to pay a $100,000 fine and has been
placed on three years of supervised release following his prison
Cresap and two attorneys, Victor Dauterive and Nunzio Salvadore
Cusimano, pleaded guilty last year to wire fraud conspiracy
Prosecutors said the bribery scheme resulted in the release of
nearly 100 inmates. Cresap allegedly took cash from the attorneys
in exchange for converting bonds secured by money or property into
personal surety bonds.