Zurik: Supreme Court disbars former state senator at the center of several FOX 8 Investigations
Bishop entered a guilty plea to making false statements to a federal agency connected to a loan on his New Orleans rental home
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Wesley Bishop, a former state senator who was the subject of several investigations by FOX 8′s Lee Zurik, has been permanently disbarred by the Supreme Court of Louisiana.
The decision comes after the Supreme Court suspended his law license after he pleaded guilty to making false statements to a federal agency.
Bishop was sentenced in July 2020 for falsifying federal loan documents related to his rental property in New Orleans. Bishop was sentenced to probation and ordered to make monthly payments to repay the $188,000 loan to the State of Louisiana, which managed the federal loan program.
Bishop received the loan which was set to be forgivable with the promise it would be rented out to low-income tenants. A FOX 8 Investigation found during the time Bishop claimed to have tenants in the four units, they were unoccupied.
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Bishop had also been the focus of several FOX 8 Investigations by Lee Zurik that found he took sick leave from his job in the administration of Southern University at New Orleans while getting paid to work at the state legislature.
Our investigation found Bishop used 122 sick days at SUNO, while he worked in Baton Rouge, adding to nearly $40,000 of money he may have improperly received. Following the FOX 8 Investigation, Bishop cut taxpayers a $20,000 check to SUNO.
After his federal case, Bishop resigned from his position at SUNO.
According to online records, Bishop was admitted to practice law on Apr 19, 1996.
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