A few years ago, federal investigators began to probe then Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts’s finances. In May, a federal jury handed Roberts a 29-count indictment. Roberts, who resigned from the Council in April, pleaded not guilty to the crimes. If convicted, Roberts faces a maximum penalty of 475 years in prison and $6.2 million in fines.
In addition to tax evasion, the indictment accuses Roberts of committing 18 instances of wire fraud.