Zachary man gets 309 years in bribery scheme

BATON ROUGE -- Robert Thompson, also known as John Lawson, 43, of Zachary receive a 309-year prison sentence Wednesday for his leadership of an identity theft and bribery scheme involving dozens of victims and more than $20 million.

Seven others have already pleaded guilty in the case and charges are pending against an eighth.

Thompson was sentenced in fedeal court by Judge Ralph E.Tyson based on charges of conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, bank fraud, computer fraud, access device fraud, aggravated identity theft, money laundering, and obstruction of justice.

Thompson engaged in multiple conspiracies to obtain and use the personal and financial information of more than 61 individuals, churches, financial institutions and businesses, without their knowledge or authorization, to steal from their bank accounts, and use their credit to obtain things of value, including attempting to steal $20,000,000 from one victim’s bank accounts.

To facilitate the scheme, among other things, Thompson bribed a corrections officer at Elyan Hunt Correctional Center $10,000 to provide Thompson with cell phones while an inmate at the facility.

The US Attorney’s Office said investigation is on-going in the case.

The other charged defendants include:

Ecknozzio C. Jackson, age 39, of Baton Rouge, La., has pleaded guilty to mail fraud and bank fraud in connection with his agreeing to a $10,000 bribe from Thompson.

Charlene B. Jackson, age 41, of New Iberia, La., has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud, and money laundering.

Sedric L. Jackson, age 36, of Baton Rouge, La., has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and obstruct justice.

Dacobia L. Hamilton, age 32, of Baton Rouge, La., has pleaded guilty to wire fraud.

Zelbony O. Taylor, age 33, of Baton Rouge, La., has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and obstruct justice.

Murkel L. Parker, age 34, of Baton Rouge, La., has pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of an access device.

Barbara Thomas, age 47, of Tallulah, La., has pleaded guilty to wire fraud.

Kelvin Archie, age 41, of Texas, is charged in a bill of information with one count of use of an unauthorized access device.

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