“Texas man pleads guilty to financial crimes, slandering St. Tammany businessmen and officials”

Slander actually involves spoken, rather than written words but that is not what attracted me to this story no siree.

Texas man pleads guilty to financial crimes, slandering St. Tammany businessmen and officials ~ James Varney

Sharp’s was a complex case investigated by the Covington Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney John Alford, the DA’s office said.

For example, on another front of that criminal enterprise, Sharp employed various user names on social media and news sites, such as “theyarecriminals,” “rocketmanwinning,” “Uh Oh,” and “Dale,” to defame and smear the company after he was exposed and arrested. Sharp said he used the names to make comments on sites including NOLA.com and Slabbed.org.

Among the false accusations Sharp leveled, prosecutors said, were that GDH International and some of its investors were somehow involved in the unsolved murder of Covington businessman Bruce Cucchiara, who was shot and killed in eastern New Orleans in April 2012.

Which would lead back to this 2013 post. I read the comments Ut Oh left (before I deleted them) and frankly I was left scratching my head on the defamation part as there was little murder talk on that old post though I heard about rumored murder connection to the Sharp prosecution two different ways in accounts that essentially had the parties pointing fingers at each other, which is what ‘cured me’ from further reporting on the subject beyond the crash and burn of the related civil suit.

All that said at the end of the day there was a comment left on Facebook about the plea deal that resonated with me and it simply stated something along the lines of its way more complicated than last weeks plea hearing. Because of how Sharp’s counsel handled his case in the early days, the public will never know.

8 thoughts on ““Texas man pleads guilty to financial crimes, slandering St. Tammany businessmen and officials””

  1. Aye! Jared Riecke is well known as a business man that throws very sharp elbows. It is the part that never added up in the narrative IMHO, which is why I remain very impressed with this comment to this day.

    But that narrative was not in the cards for Mississippi businessman Richard Sharp.

    1. Oh yes, the Rieke family is now moving fowarded with Jared in total control of the old man’s business. He will have to give up racing cars and try to start looking legitimate. The ex banker answered the wrong call from who? The Rieke group and family are so much like the Wards with the younger generation stepping up to fill the shoes of the fathers before them. Both have plenty of garbage to dispose of. Only difference is the Riekes keep their garbage at a bank. I have a feeling we will see the murder solved one day soon.

      1. LandScam:

        According to the media reports, TP, etc.:

        Have you forgotten LandScam the “ex-banker’s” cell phone WAS STOLEN but the “ex-banker’s ” gun, which was in fact THE murder weapon, WAS LEFT ? Hmmmm.

        When is a cell phone ,which would have a record of ALL the phone calls victim took leading up to his ” so-called random” murder (of absolute no value to an alleged random ” punk” criminal) and even stealing to the detriment to stupid ” punk” by possibly having a GPS positional trace chip ; more valuable to the alleged random ” punk” then the victim’s personal gun on the criminal black market ( gun owned by a white victim , never used in crime and with serial numbers filed off of course- $$$$)? Hmmmm.

        And when is a victim’s cell phone more valuable then the actual murder weapon which by leaving might have thereon the random ” punk’s” finger prints? Of course I’m sure the weapon was carefully wiped clean by the fleeing, alleged “random”, dumb eastern NOLA punk criminal. Hmmmm

        Gee, who has been recently educating these random , retarded eastern NOLA “punks” cause they bees gettin’ pretty smart, possibly prophetic wit’ x-ray vision ( “punk” even knew ex-banker’s had a hidden gun in his car so he didn’t need to bring his own heat).

        But wait, maybe this “random” eastern NOLA “punk” was actually pretty stupid for rummaging through a victim’s car for goodies therein, that the victim had just left for the first time in neighborhood, without knowing when victim was returning ????

        Or, was the alleged ” punk” really not stupid but planned and was wanting to be confronted by victim at victim’s car so he could kill the poor victim with a surprise, up close kill shot to the skull ???? Hmmm

        And when is a 57 yr old white man going to out run or get a surprise jump on a alleged “punk” from eastern NOLA probably wearing a fast pair of Nikes ???? Why not take cell phone and stolen gun and run away into yo’ own hood ??? Would any 56 yr.old white person dare to run through a strange black hood chasing an alleged “punk” just for his cell phone and gun which he could use at any point in the chase ????

        Reading the “ex-banker’s” devotion to Northshore area youth athletics and Christian missions left by commenters in the media and despite any alleged earlier personal mistakes by the victim, the “ex-banker” trusted people, as all Christians do, and did not deserve this horrific death.

        Come on NOPD, is this crime beyond your grey matter? Or is finding what BS drug dealer killed another BS drug dealer in da’ “nightward” more important?

        1. The FDIC Order (ORDER OF PROHIBITION FROM FURTHER PARTICIPATION FDIC-02-122e) is a possibly interesting event. Preceding both Katrina and the general banking debacle which began with RE loans in 2006.

          {{09-30-05 p.12426.1}}

          [¶12,426] In the Matter of Bruce F. Cucchiara, Resource Bank, Mandeville, Louisiana, Docket No. 02-122e (7-8-05).

          Respondent is prohibited from participating in the conduct of affairs of, or exercising voting rights in, any insured institution without the prior written approval of the FDIC.

          [.1] Prohibition, Removal, or Suspension—Prohibition From—Participation in Conduct of Affairs

          [.2] Prohibition, Removal, or Suspension—Prohibition From—Voting Rights, exercise of

          In the Matter of
          individually, and as an
          institution-affiliated party of
          (Insured State Nonmember Bank)


          BRUCE F. CUCCHIARA (“Respondent”) has received a NOTICE OF INTENTION TO PROHIBIT FROM FURTHER PARTICIPATION (“NOTICE”) issued by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) on April 8, 2005, detailing the violations of law, unsafe or unsound banking practices, and/or breaches of fiduciary duty for which an ORDER OF PROHIBITION FROM FURTHER PARTICIPATION (“ORDER”) may issue. On April 28, 2005, Respondent filed an answer to the Notice.

          Respondent and Enforcement Counsel for the FDIC thereafter executed a STIPULATION AND CONSENT TO THE ISSUANCE OF AN ORDER OF PROHIBITION FROM FURTHER PARTICIPATION (“CONSENT AGREEMENT”) whereby solely for the purpose of this proceeding and without admitting or denying any violations, unsafe or unsound banking practices, and/or breaches of fiduciary duty, Respondent waived his right to a hearing on the Notice and consented to the issuance of an ORDER by the FDIC.

          The FDIC considered the matter and determined it had reason to believe that:

          (a) As an institution-affiliated party of Resource Bank, Mandeville, Louisiana (“Bank”), Respondent violated law and regulations, engaged or participated in unsafe or unsound banking practices, and/or breached his fiduciary duty to the Bank;

          (b) By reason of such violations, practices, and/or breaches of fiduciary duty,

          {{09-30-05 p.12427.1}}

          the Respondent was likely to cause more than a minimal loss to the Bank and/or Respondent received financial gain or other benefit; and

          (c) Such violations, practices, and/or breaches of fiduciary duty involve personal dishonesty on the part of the Respondent or demonstrate the Respondent’s willful and/or continuing disregard for the safety or soundness of the Bank.

          The FDIC further determined that such violations, practices, and/or breaches of fiduciary duty demonstrate the Respondent’s unfitness to serve as a director, officer, person participating in the conduct of the affairs, or as an institution-affiliated party of the Bank, any other insured depository institution, or any other agency or organization enumerated in section 8(e)(7)(A) of the Act, 12 U.S.C. §1818(e)(7)(A).

          The FDIC, therefore, accepted the CONSENT AGREEMENT and issued the following:


          1. BRUCE F. CUCCHIARA is hereby, without the prior written approval of the FDIC and the appropriate Federal financial institutions regulatory agency, as that term is defined in section 8(e)(7)(D) of the Act, 12 U.S.C. §1818(e)(7)(D), prohibited from:

          [.1] (a) participating in any manner in the conduct of the affairs of any financial institution or organization enumerated in section 8(e)(7)(A) of the Act, 12 U.S.C. §1818(e)(7)(A);

          [.2] (b) soliciting, procuring, transferring, attempting to transfer, voting, or attempting to vote any proxy, consent, or authorization with respect to any voting rights in any financial institution enumerated in section 8(e)(7)(A) of the Act, 12 U.S.C. §1818(e)(7)(A);

          (c) violating any voting agreement previously approved by the appropriate Federal banking agency; or

          (d) voting for a director, or serving or acting as an institution-affiliated party.

          2. This ORDER will become effective upon its issuance by the FDIC. The provisions of this ORDER will remain effective and enforceable except to the extent that, and until such time as, any provision of this ORDER shall have been modified, terminated, suspended, or set aside by the FDIC.

          Pursuant to delegated authority.

          Dated this 8th day of July, 2005.

          1. Rfp:

            Many people including Slabbers have seen the above Federal Order which you have cited and which indicates something was not right while Cucchiara was an employee (loan officer/officer perhaps?) at Resource Bank on the Northshore.

            What questionable loans Mr.Cucchiara could have possibly participated in while at Resource Bank would in my mind not give a person receiving said loan/s motive but instead just the opposite. However, it is reflective that Mr. Cucchiara was either big hearted/ sympathetic to poor applicants or subject to outside pressure/s.
            Unfortunately, the federal Prohibitive Order pertaining to Mr. Cucchiara does not reveal the totality of the FDICA’s investigation of Resource Bank, its other officers or Board members.

            Anybody at anytime in their life can make bad decisions be it of their own voluntary desires or on orders from influential people who might have influence over a person’s life, job or financial plight. One or two mistakes does not make a person’s entire life a bad one as evidenced by the many sincere commenters, athletes and fellow Christians who gave complimentary testimony about Mr. Cucchiara’s exceptional community life and personal heart in the media following his reported murder.

            Forensic financial questions should have been asked of his friends , family, all ex-employers and ex-employees, the current employers/ employees at time of his murder, known personal enemies or anyone and everyone with any suspected motive/s which would give them some reason or benefit upon his death; all asked by competent forensic homicide detectives with subpoena power immediately after his murder.

            Does NOPD have such capable homicide investigators when they, due to personnel shortages, primarily have a difficult time just going from one homicide to another putting out orange cones by multitudes of spent cartridges?

            Instead, if you read the threads in the media, i.e. TP on or about April 2012, certain commenters, real or planted, turned his tragic, unsolved murder into a highly suggested random/hate crime/ racial area type of murder incident with many prolonged undeserved rants of racism; all without even knowing other possible motives for his murder.

            John Kennedy was not a saint by any means but for wanting to pull U.S. Troops out of Viet Nam did he deserve to be shot through his head in front of his wife and cause his young 4 year old son to have to salute his father’s coffin passing by ?

            Possibly just like John Kennedy was unknowingly assassinated in a certain geographic area favorable for lack of protection, lack of prosecution, presence of a possible patsy. …… this unfortunate unsolved murder in a foreign, unprotected, crime ridden Parish will probably never be properly processed and prosecuted due to the lack of appropriate, truly dedicated investigators.

            May God rest Mr. Cucchiara’s soul though until justice on his behalf is done.

  2. Are you kidding me NOPD? What sane Covington businessman,white no less ,would be meeting someone in East New Orleans over a valid real estate investment in East New Orleans in 2012? Was eastern New Orleans’ real estate hot in 2012? Maybe Mid-City, French Quarter,Lakeview or Lakeshore.

    The East with its slums wasn’t then, sure isn’t now nor will it be in the foreseeable future.

    Sounds like poor Bruce Cucchiara was set up to be murdered in a parish whose police has been proven incapable of investigating and solving crimes/murders which is why so many murdered/raped bodies are also chronically dumped there.

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