Bridget Barthelemy, ex-wife of D.A. Jason Williams, charged with a federal tax crime

Published: Jul. 8, 2022 at 9:47 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Bridget Barthelemy, the ex-wife of Orleans Parish District Attorney Jason Williams and daughter of former New Orleans Mayor Sidney Barthelemy, was charged Friday with a federal misdemeanor tax offense, court records show.

Barthelemy is accused of failing to file an income tax return for 2019. The charge came in a bill of information, which often means the defendants has agreed to plead guilty and is cooperating with federal authorities.

Barthelemy already has been subpoenaed by federal prosecutors to testify in the upcoming tax fraud case of Williams and his private law firm partner Nicole Burdett, who face 10 felony counts in a trial scheduled to begin July 18.

Williams and Burdett are accused of conspiring to defraud the US government of more than $200,000 in owed taxes by inflating business deductions, submitting falsified tax returns and failing to properly report large cash payments to Williams’ private law practice between 2013-17.

Burdett, also known as Nicole Waguespack, faces four additional tax fraud counts related to her personal tax filings. In April, she was arrested again in Baton Rouge on allegations of government benefits fraud and filing or maintaining false public records.


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