Apr 2, 2013 8:37 AM by Kristen Holloway
Robert Williamson, who worked in Lafayette as a private investigator is scheduled to be arraigned today. He enters a plea in Federal Court. Federal prosecutors say Williamson was "the mastermind" of the bribery scheme at the 15th Judicial District Attorney's Office. 64-year-old, Robert Williamson is facing federal charges. Prosecutors say he was the one bribing employees with cash and gifts in exchange getting favorable treatment for his clients. According to the indictment, Robert Williamson was part of the conspiracy from March of 2008 until February of last year, soliciting thousands of dollars from clients.
Williamson is being charged with one count of conspiracy. Six counts of bribery for operating a pay-for-plea scheme. One count of social security fraud for claiming social security payments while not reporting income from the bribery scheme. Also one count of making false statements to a federal agent. Williamson is being asked to forfeit more than 22,000 in connection with the bribery.
"Were going to follow wherever the evidence in this case takes us if that mean additional bills of information additional indictments were going to do that because I think we owe the citizens of this community," said U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley.
Again Williamson arraignment is scheduled this morning at 9a.m. at the federal courthouse. If convicted Williamson could face up to 75 years in prison.