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Case Number: 2:23-cr-00115
Judge: Eldon E. Fallon
Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (Orleans Parish)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in New Orleans
Description: New Orleans, Louisiana criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with misprision of a felon relating to funds received from a fraud victim.
Rose B. Demers, of Marrero, Louisiana, age 68, received $8,600 from a fraud victim on or about July 9, 2021. Rather than contact the authorities, DEMERS converted some of the funds to her own use and attempted to wire the funds elsewhere.
DEMERS faces a sentence of up to three years in prison, up to $250,000 in fines, and up to one year of supervised release. There is also a $100 mandatory special assessment fee due after conviction. U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that an indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the United States Secret Service and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Economic Crimes Section in investigating this matter. Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward J. Rivera of the Financial Crimes Unit is in charge of the prosecution.
18 U.S.C. 4 provides:
Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
Outcome: Being indicted is not proof of guilt