State Sen. Wesley Bishop on paid leave from SUNO following federal charge

Bishop was charged with making a false statement to a federal agency

State Sen. Wesley Bishop on paid leave from SUNO following federal charge
State Sen. Wesley Bishop appears to be double-dipping between his job at school and time at the legislature. (Source: WVUE)

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - State Senator Wesley Bishop is on paid leave from his position at Southern University at New Orleans following a charge filed against him in federal court.

Bishop was charged Friday in a bill of information for making a false statement to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In paperwork obtained by FOX 8, Bishop received a $188,000 forgivable loan from HUD and in return, he promised to provide affordable housing to low-income residents at a four-plex he owned in New Orleans East. Prosecutors allege Bishop falsified lease documents and no one was living in the units.

The state senator from New Orleans is expected to appear in court in December for an arraignment. Sources expect him to eventually enter a guilty plea to the charge.

The charge is not related to a series our series of investigations entitled, Unexcused Absence, where FOX 8′s Lee Zurik uncovered Bishop was getting paid twice -- taking paid leave from SUNO while getting paid for his legislative duties in Baton Rouge. No action has been taken regarding those findings.

Bishop is the Vice-Chancellor at SUNO and makes around $80,000 per year. He was first elected to the Louisiana State Senate in October 2015 and was elected in the Louisiana House of Representatives in 2011. He announced on Aug. 3 he will not seek re-election.

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