Lafayette

Dec 20, 2013 5:45 PM by Ian Auzenne

Former LHA director Guillory charged with bribery, wire fraud

The former director of the Lafayette Housing Authority and Opelousas Housing Authority is now facing federal bribery and wire fraud charges.

On Thursday, the United States Attorney's Office filed charges against Walter Guillory. According to the bill of information, Guillory is charged with one count of receipt of a bribe by an agent of an organization receiving federal funds and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

The U. S. Attorney's Office alleges that Guillory "solicited and received in excess of $100,000 . . . from individuals and companies who were vendors with the LHA or the OHA" in exchange for work contracts.

The U. S. Attorney also alleges that Guillory solicited and accepted bribes from a contractor named K. A. and violated public bidding laws so K. A. could receive construction contracts with the OHA between 2007 and 2009. The charge states that a co-conspirator, Garnette L. Thomas, created false bids on projects to make the OHA seem compliant with federal bid laws and rules.

Guillory resigned from his post with the Lafayette Housing Authority in October 2010 after an audit uncovered financial mismanagement and other problems with the LHA.

One month later, Guillory stepped down from the Opelousas Housing Authority. An audit of that agency later uncovered Guillory's alleged misuse of OHA funds.

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