Mouton to plead guilty in deal with feds, news reports say

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Former Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission member Henry Mouton has reportedly reached a deal with federal authorities that would see him plead guilty of taking payoffs from a landfill company in return for working to keep another landfill closed, the Associated Press has reported.

The 64-year-old Mouton, of Lafayette, was indicted on Feb. 25 for allegedly accepting nearly $500,000 in illegal payoffs to help keep a the Old Gentilly Landfill closed and then lying to federal agents. He was charged with conspiracy, receiving illegal payoffs and making false statements to federal agents, U.S. Attorney Jim Letten said at the time.

Mouton pleaded not guilty in March to the charges, but a change-of-plea hearing has been set for June 1, news reports say. A court filing earlier this month by Mouton’s attorney said Mouton had entered into plea negotiations with federal prosecutors.

He faced more than 50 years in prison if convicted of all eight counts. There has been no word on what a plea deal would mean in terms of a sentence.

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