NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A federal grand jury related to an investigation into former St. Tammany Parish District Attorney Walter Reed met Thursday.
Sources tell FOX 8 the government is expected to present evidence to a grand jury. Federal prosecutors may ask the grand jury to return an indictment as early as this afternoon.
The investigation began after a series of investigative reports by FOX 8 and our partners at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune in 2014.
The reports detailed findings on a number of suspect practices by Reed and his political campaign. Among those findings were thousands of dollars in campaign expenditures to two companies owned by Reed's son, Steven. In all, Reed's campaign reported spending almost $95,000 since 2006 on services purportedly provided by his son's companies - a huge sum of money, and very little to show for it.
Reed was first elected DA for the 22nd Judicial District in 1984. His campaign raised almost $3 million since 1996 and spent more than $2.6 million of it - even though Reed didn't face an election challenge in that 18-year period.