NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Attorney and former radio talk show host Jennifer Gaubert was found guilty Friday of criminal mischief. Prosecutors were seeking a conviction for making false statements, but she was instead convicted on the lesser charge - a misdemeanor.
"As you know, the charge was a felony offense," said District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro. "The judge came back with a lesser charge of a misdemeanor offense. I am satisfied with that."
Gaubert had been accused of making false statements against cab driver Hervey Farrell, who was booked with extortion after Gaubert said he recorded an explicit video of her and then threatened to make it public if she didn't pay him $60,000. The case hinged on an alleged email threat made to Gaubert by Farrell, but no email was ever produced.
"The judge accepted the fact that she believed she was being extorted, otherwise he would have found her guilty as charged," said Gaubert's attorney, Cameron Mary.
Gaubert's sentencing is set for Feb. 13. Her bond is set at $25,000.