St. Landry

Sep 26, 2012 6:12 PM by Erin Steuber

Two St. Landry Parish School Board members could face jail, fines if charged with extortion

The FBI continues to actively investigate two St. Landry Parish School Board members who allegedly offered their votes in exchange for cash. No arrests have been made at this time.
The allegations are that school board members, John Miller and Quincy Richard, tried extorting money from interim Superintendent Joseph Cassimere, in exchange for their vote in the superintendent election. Cassimere is among five candidates hoping to become the next superintendent.
No official charges have been filed, but attempting to bribe any public official is a serious crime.
If charged and convicted, according to Lousiana Statute, a person will be fined no more than $1,000, or imprisoned with, or without, hard labor for no more than five years. Or could be fined and sentenced to jail time.
There is no rescheduled date for the superintendent election at this time, board members will be discussing it at their regular board meeting October 4.
Of the two St. Landry Parish School Board members facing allegations of extortion, Quincy Richard has a similar story in his past.
Here's what we know, back in 2004, Richard and his wife at the time, were involved in a grade buying scandal at Southern University. They both pled guilty to paying a university official $1,500 for a master's degree, and also filing false public records.
According to the East Baton Rouge Clerk of Court, where the case was handled, there are no records.
It's unclear whether the case was expunged since he was able to run for the school board as a previously convicted felon.

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