St. Landry

Aug 20, 2013 11:09 PM by Chris Welty

Quincy Richard Found Guilty of Bribery Charges

The verdict is in, Quincy Richard is found guilty in a federal bribery investigation.

The jury reaching that verdict on the second day of the trial, deciding the St. Landry Parish School Board member tried to sell his vote in the recent search for a new superintendent.

The investigation dates back to June of 2012. Then, Interim-Superintendent Joseph Cassimere went to the FBI after Richard and another board member, John Miller, each offered him their votes in exchange for cash. After a sting operation, the two were later indicted and Miller pled guilty last month.

The jury got the case Tuesday night around 5:30 and it didn't take too long to come back with the guilty verdict. Jurors deliberated less than an hour before a unanimous decision was made, all twelve jurors finding Quincy Richard guilty of bribery.

Quincy Richard had no comment as he left federal court, a convicted man. It was a dramatic two days of testimony inside the courthouse. Sealing Richard's fate, testimony from his partner in crime, disgraced board member John Miller and the man they tried to bribe, Joseph Cassimere.

John Miller told the court, it was Richard who orchestrated the bribery scheme. Cassimere testifying he thought it was all a joke, until Richard pushed the issue. Cassimere called the FBI.

The FBI video taped the sting, in which Richard collected the five thousand dollar bribe. In all, Richard was convicted on three counts: Bribery, Aiding and Abetting Bribery and Conspiracy to commit Bribery.

Throughout all this, Richard was confident he would be acquitted saying, "I'm not shaking or worried."

Richard was wrong.

Next up is sentencing. Richard was convicted on three counts, each carrying five to ten years in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.

A sentencing date hasn't been set.

Wednesday, Quincy Richard will report to the Federal Courthouse where he will report to a probation officer. That officer will outline the terms of Richard's probation before he is officially sentenced.

Chris Welty



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