Ex-lawmaker testifies in her racketeering trial
NEW ORLEANS - A former Louisiana lawmaker on trial on charges that she conspired to rip off hundreds of thousands of dollars in government grant money has testified that she did not
know members of a New Orleans political family were pocketing the funds.
Former state Rep. Renee Gill Pratt said Tuesday the state legislature was funding charitable and educational programs controlled by relatives of former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson
before she was elected to the House in 1992.
Gill Pratt testified in federal court that she believed the programs were "doing what
they were supposed to be doing."
One of Jefferson's sisters, Betty Jefferson, and her daughter, Angela Coleman, pleaded guilty to taking grant money and testified against Gill Pratt.