18-count federal indictment against ex-St. Tammany DA
NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite says a former southeast Louisiana prosecutor is accused of using at least $100,000 from his campaign fund on personal expenses including flowers, dinners and payments to his son.
An 18-count indictment charges Walter Reed with conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering and falsifying tax returns. His 47-year-old son, Steven Reed, is charged with conspiracy, two counts of money laundering and one of wire fraud.
Attorney Rick Simmons says Reed is not guilty. He asked the public to "wait for all the facts."
Reed was district attorney for St. Tammany and Washington parishes for 30 years. He presented himself as tough on crime.
He said in July that he would not run for a sixth term because news reports about him were disrupting his office.