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Loyalty to Mom in New Orleans School Board Corruption Doesn’t Pay

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Loyalty to mom doesn’t always pay off.

Stacy Simms, 49, the daughter of  the former  crooked ex-Orleans Parish School Board President Ellenese Brooks-Simms in New Orleans, was sentenced late last week two years probation for opening a bank account for mom to put her bribe money in, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Her mom got 18 months in prison.

The bank account was opened so her mother Ellenese Brooks-Simms, could deposit bribe money from Mose Jefferson, the brother of convicted ex-Congressman William Jefferson, authorities said. The mother received about $140,000 in kickbacks for a school contract for a algebra software program.

Authorities said Brooks-Simms conspired “with Mose Jefferson to approve the purchase of an educational software program for the Orleans Parish School System.”

Mose Jefferson received over $913,000 of Orleans Parish School Board money as sales commissions for selling the software program to the school system. He has already been sentenced to 10 years in the case.


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