6 arrested in Lafayette Parish in ongoing corruption probe

6 arrested in Lafayette Parish in ongoing corruption probe

(WVUE) - Six people were arrested in Lafayette Parish on Monday in connection with a public corruption case that has already resulted in federal charges and convictions, according to Attorney General Jeff Landry.

Arrested are Kevin Ozene, Christopher Luke Edwards, Dan Kennison, Justina Ina, Kenneth Franques, and Joy Trahan.

Ozene, a deputy clerk of court for Lafayette Parish, were arrested for injuring public records and malfeasance in office. Edwards and Kennison, both defense attorneys, were arrested for corrupt influencing, criminal conspiracy, and accessory after the fact. Ina, a probation officer, was arrested for malfeasance in office. Franques, a deputy city marshal, was arrested for public bribery. Trahan, a manager in the Lafayette branch State Office of Motor Vehicles, was arrested for malfeasance in office and criminal conspiracy.

Additionally, Robert Williamson, a private investigator currently serving time in federal prison, had an arrest warrant issued for public bribery, corrupt influencing, filing false public records, and criminal conspiracy.

All six were arrested by officials of the Department of Justice working on information gathered by both the attorney general and the FBI.

Landry sent the following in a news release:

"While federal authorities took action to complete their portion of this problem, those stemming from federal law violations, the state under the previous administration did not complete its actions under state law., "These arrests are part of my review to ensure those who have committed actions of public corruption see the results of their actions. The actions taken today are part of my review of the Louisiana Department of Justice; from ongoing court cases, to unfinished investigations, to cases awaiting actions.

"Again, all investigations started under a previous administration are under review. I will continue to take action where it is appropriate and I will continue to do all that I can to make our communities safer."

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