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Some charges dismissed in Lafayette bribery scheme; 3 defendants remain

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From left to right: Justina Ina, Ken Franques Sr., Kevin Ozene, Dan Kennison, Christopher Luke Edwards and Joy Trahan were arrested in February 2016 and accused of involvement in a Lafayette bribery investigation. From left to right: Justina Ina, Ken Franques Sr., Kevin Ozene, Dan Kennison, Christopher Luke Edwards and Joy Trahan were arrested in February 2016 and accused of involvement in a Lafayette bribery investigation.
LAFAYETTE -

Charges have been dismissed against two former public employees ensnared in a Lafayette bribery probe.

Justina Ina, a probation officer with the 15th Judicial District Attorney's Office, was charged with two counts of malfeasance in office on accusations she improperly accepted money to expunge criminal cases from the court record.

Kevin Ozene, a Lafayette Parish clerk of court employee, was charged with one count of malfeasance and one count of injuring public records for allegedly altering court records in the scheme.

Both completed a 12-class moral reasoning program and 40 hours of community service. The state agreed to dismiss Ina's case on Thursday and Ozene's case in February.

Charges are still pending for three more people accused in the investigation: criminal defense attorneys Christopher Luke Edwards and Dan Kennison and retired Lafayette Parish deputy Ken Franques Sr.

Formal charges were not filed against a sixth person arrested with the others last year. Joy Trahan, who worked as the manager of the Lafayette Office of Motor Vehicles office, was booked on counts of malfeasance and criminal conspiracy.

She was accused of using her position in collusion with Robert Williamson, who was sentenced to a federal prison sentence for masterminding the scheme. Another five convictions came out of the federal case, which centered on the District Attorney's Office under former DA Mike Harson, who was not accused of involvement in the crimes.

Read more on the case here.

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