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Indictments against former Senator Fontenot dismissed

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Posted: Oct 26, 2010 3:39 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Oct 26, 2010 3:39 PM
Source: U. S. Attorney's Office

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A judge has dismissed two federal indictments for fraud that had been filed against former state lawmaker Heulette "Clo" Fontenot.

According to the U. S. Attorneys Office, Judge James Brady dismissed the indictments earlier today, which alleged Fontenot had lied twice to banks about a campaign debt.

Prosecutors claimed Fontenot received a loan of $100,000 cash during his 1999 campaign, and did not report it to federal lenders when he applied for bank loans in 2001 and 2004.

Judge Brady said he was dismissing the indictments because Fontenot did not commit bank fraud by not mentioning the debt when applying for later loans, but he may have broken campaign finance laws.

The U. S. Attorneys Office said they may seek a new indictment against Fontenot in the very near future.

Fontenot served one term in the House of Representatives from 1996–2000 and then two terms in the State Senate from 2000-2008.

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