Sentencing delay sought in payroll fraud case

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has been asked to postpone a sentencing hearing for the ex-wife of former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard for her role in a payroll fraud case.

Karen Parker, who is scheduled to be sentenced July 27, pleaded guilty in January to one count of misprision of a felony, or concealing a crime.

In a court filing Monday, federal prosecutors and Parker's defense attorney asked U.S. District Judge Hayden Head to delay her sentencing until November.

A trial on related charges for Broussard and former parish attorney Tom Wilkinson was postponed until Oct. 1 due to Broussard's health problems.

Prosecutors say Parker was hired as a Jefferson Parish paralegal supervisor and collected more than $323,000 in taxpayer funds even though she wasn't qualified and wasn't performing its duties.

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