NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A Franklinton pastor who testified against former Saint Tammany and Washington Parish District Attorney Walter Reed avoids jail time.
According to our partners at Nola.com|The Times-Picayune, U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown sentenced Jerry Wayne Cox Thursday to five years probation and a $100 special assessment. He pleaded guilty last year to structuring financial transactions to avoid reporting requirements.
Cox cooperated with federal prosecutors by testifying against Reed. He told the court Reed gave $25,000 in campaign funds to his Washington Parish church in 2013 after the pastor referred to Reed and other attorneys a civil case that ultimately netted a settlement of $2 million to $3 million.
A jury convicted Reed in May of conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering and making false statements on his tax returns. The case followed a series of investigative reports about Reed conducted by FOX 8 and Nola.com|The Times-Picayune.
Reed is scheduled for sentencing September 15.