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U.S. Attorney: Former oversight board member sold test answers for $500

4 years 11 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, April 16 2015 Apr 16, 2015 April 16, 2015 2:36 PM April 16, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz

BATON ROUGE - A former Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology official pleaded guilty to selling answers to board-administered exams, U.S. Attorney Walt Green's office announced Thursday.

Winn Johnson, 71, appeared in federal court Thursday where the plea happened.

Prosecutors said Johnson accepted cash for answers. He sold the answers for $500, a news release from Green's office reported.

The meetings happened in Baton Rouge in 2014 but the FBI and the State Inspector General had been following the scheme since 2013, Green said. The U.S. Attorney's office said the case was investigating Johnson and others but did not elaborate.

"We have zero tolerance for those who compromise the integrity of government in exchange for monetary gain. It undermines the entire system and is an enormous disservice to the taxpayers," Inspector General Stephen Street said.

"We will continue working with the FBI and United States Attorney to make sure that anyone who does this faces criminal consequences," he added.

""This case is a reminder that corruption comes in a wide variety of forms. Individuals at all levels of our government can misuse their positions of trust to line their pockets, and it is never acceptable," Green said.

Since the deals were set up over the phone, Johnson was charged with using the telephone in aid of bribery.

The board cooperated with the investigation, Green said.
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