Just up on the Times Picayune breaking news:
One of the state’s best minds in gaming law pleaded guilty this morning to bilking the white-shoe law firm he worked for of $30 million, then stashing the bulk of it in a Swiss bank account.
Jamie Perdigao, 46, pleaded guilty to 30 of the 63 felony counts he was facing, and agreed to forfeit the $30 million, which was already in the possession of the U.S. Marshal’s Office. Clad in prison garb and shackled at the wrists and ankles, Perdigao made his plea before U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon.
Perdigao, who was arrested in 2004, was facing a Dec. 1 trial on 63 charges revolving around allegations that he submitted phony invoices to his gambling industry clients, causing them to remit millions in fraudulent payments. He then kept the money, prosecutor claim. The charges included mail fraud, bank fraud and money laundering.
Prosecutors said they have recovered all $30 million. If convicted on the original and new charges against him, Perdigao faces a maximum prison sentence of more than 1,000 years and forfeiture of the $30 million, money now in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service
The updated Times Picayune story has some reaction from Jim Letten:
Outside the courtroom, U.S. Attorney Jim Letten called Perdigao — who had unsuccessfully sought to have Letten’s office recused from the case — “the poster child for arrogance, greed and unmitigated complex ongoing theft.”
Earlier this year, Perdigao filed court motions claiming that Letten’s office was uninterested in pursuing his tips about criminal wrongdoing because they involved misdeeds by federal prosecutors.
Letten on Friday called those claims “incredible, vicious and stupid.”
Perdigao “thought that theft and deceit and lying was a game,” Letten said. “He learned today that that sort of crime is very serious business. The game is over for Perdigao.”
Earlier this month, Perdigao was arrested on charges that he had been hacking into Adams & Reese’s private computer network. He has been held in the federal wing of Orleans Parish Prison since then.
Letten called the hacking “absolutely part of an attempt to obstruct justice.”
Jim Letten’s office has filed an additional pleading against allowing the rule 17C subpoena.
The government advises the Honorable Court that the review of the seized items pursuant to the search warrant is still ongoing. The government has learned that some of the seized documents from the search warrant from the defendant’s seized computer reveal, among many other documents, that the defendant had in his possession were the following:
- Correspondence between the United States Attorney’s Office and Adams & Reese;
- Copies of Adams & Reese notes of meetings with the United States Attorney’s Office;
- A copy of a grand jury subpoena issued to Adams & Reese by the government;
- A copy of an agreement between the FBI and Adams & Reese pursuant to the grand jury subpoena that was issued to Adams & Reese.
- Lists of Adams & Reese personnel social security numbers, salary schedules, and computer user names.
I’ll repeat the theory I posted last night that it is very possible a fresh set of eyes at DoJ is looking at this case and the evidence, especially the newly seized computers. IMHO.