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Jan 31, 2012 5:46 AM by AP

Ex-official pleads not guilty in corruption case

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former Jefferson Parish official has pleaded not guilty to concealing federal crimes in a case spawned by a corruption probe that already has resulted in charges against a former parish president.
Although 51-year-old Timothy Whitmer pleaded not guilty Monday to one count of misprision of a felony, his attorney says the former Jefferson Parish chief administrative officer is cooperating with investigators and eventually will plead guilty.
The charge against Whitmer claims he concealed fraud, theft involving government programs and other unspecified crimes through his role in hiring of parish employees, awarding salary increases and contract selection processes that were "contrary to the best interests" of the parish.
Prosecutors accuse former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from parish contractors and vendors.

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