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Lafayette DA's former office manager pleads guilty to bribery

The former office administrator for Lafayette District Attorney Michael Harson pleaded guilty Monday to one count of conspiracy for taking bribes.

The 58-year-old woman admitted that between 2008 and 2012, she accepted more than $55,000 "from a co-conspirator" in exchange for granting defendants immediate 894s.

An "894"-- that is short of Code of Criminal Procedure Art. 894 -- is a term for an arrangement where a person can plead guilty to crime but can later have the conviction set aside if hr oshe completes certain requirements during a probationary period. For example, someone accused of drunk driving might have his or her conviction set aside if he or she attends a 12-step alcohol program.

The former office administrator's "co-conspirator" has not been identified, but authorities have indicated that more arrests may be impending.

The office manager allegedly interfered with both misdemeanor and felony cases, including those related to drugs and driving while intoxicated. She was placed on unpaid leave March 12, 2012 and resigned on Aug. 28 of that same year after a federal probe into the way drunk-driving charges were handled by his office revealed discrepancies. She had worked for Harson for more than 30 years.

It is not believed that the district attorney had any awareness that the scheme was going on.

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In our office, we handle cases involving bribery, embezzlement and other white collar crimes quite frequently. If you would like to learn more about that area of our work, the White Collar Crimes portion of our website could be a good place to start.

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