KTBS-TV RESPONSE ON CAWTHORNE CORRUPTION TRIAL


In a seeming response to my article re-post yesterday about the long-delayed federal corruption trial of Caddo Parish Commissioner Lynn Cawthorne and his sister Belena Turner, KTBS-TV’s Vickie Welborn has nailed down notable details.

In Ms. Welborn’s follow-up article posted today on the KTBS-TV website, U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Hornsby says the trial is “reset for Sept. 28 because of continuing concerns related to COVID-19.”

At issue are ill-gotten gains of the defendants from a taxpayer-funded federal program for summertime feeding of children in the Caddo Parish school system.

Here is a link to Ms. Welborn’s article:

https://www.ktbs.com/news/covid-19-influences-change-in-caddo-commissioners-trial-date/article_2b886904-a9b7-11ea-89cb-6b5e6baad3ac.html

In January, I wrote this article to detail the Cawthorne / Turner trial delay:

My Facebook post yesterday was a repost / reminder of my January article.

My first Facebook post on the underlying corruption was dated March 27, 2016, a bit more than four years ago. The alleged theft at issue began in early 2011 and continued through 2015.

To quote Ms. Welborn in today’s KTBS-TV website news post:

“According to the indictment, Cawthorne and Turner engaged in money laundering transactions to conceal the payment of personal expenses. The expenses included private school payments, travel, furniture, clothing, car repairs, meals at restaurants and campaign expenses. Each faces 20 years in prison for each wire fraud and money laundering count. They could also face fines of $250,000 for each wire fraud count and $500,000 for each money laundering count.”

Last year, Lynn Cawthorne was re-elected to another four-year Caddo Parish Commission term.

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