Federal prosecutors dropped fraud and conspiracy charges against embattled Sorrento Town Councilman Randy Anny late Thursday shortly after his wife told a federal judge her husband knew nothing of her scheme to defraud the BP oil spill claims fund by falsely claiming his boat had been damaged by the spill.
The three-term councilman and his wife, Barbara Falgoust Anny, 53, were scheduled to stand trial next week in Baton Rouge federal court on conspiracy and wire fraud charges, but she pleaded guilty late Thursday afternoon to two counts of wire fraud.
"My husband, Randy, had no knowledge whatsoever of this at all," she told U.S. District Judge James Brady with her attorney, John McLindon, at her side.
A short time later, federal prosecutors filed court documents dismissing the federal charges against Randy Anny.
"Although Randy is understandably upset about his wife's predicament, he is satisfied with the government's dismissal of all charges against him," said his attorney, Michael Reese Davis, who was in the courtroom when Barbara Anny pleaded guilty.
The documents filed by prosecutors say Barbara Anny admitted she devised the scheme to defraud the Gulf Coast Claims Facility in the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, that she filed the fraudulent claim using her husband's name and personal information in her communications with the GCCF, that she electronically submitted a false invoice, and that the proceeds of the fraudulent claim were sent to a bank account she designated in 2011.
"Based on Ms. Anny's guilty pleas and additional investigation, the United States has determined that it cannot meet its burden of proof in the prosecution of Randy Anny at this time," prosecutors wrote.
Brady, who did not set a sentencing date for Barbara Anny, told her he will order to pay $7,800 in restitution to the GCCF.
Randy Anny also faces unrelated state charges after an Ascension Parish grand jury indicted him and his personal attorney, Roy Maughan Jr., in June in an alleged scheme to pocket more than $77,000 of town money connected to a sewer project that Sorrento officials say was never done.
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Anny is charged in that case on counts of theft, malfeasance in office, forgery and prohibited profit-splitting on the public sewer job. His next court date is Nov. 28. Maughan is accused of forgery and theft. Both men have pleaded not guilty.
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In the case involving the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a Baton Rouge federal grand jury indicted the Annys in August 2015 and accused them of defrauding the oil spill claims fund of $7,800 in 2011 over a bogus oil damage to his 26-foot sport boat, dubbed "Who's Ya Daddy," and trailer while in Grand Isle.
The boat, seized from the Annys' Sorrento home, was later returned.
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The Annys, according to the indictment and prosecutors, used a joint email account to keep track of their claim and received the payment in a joint bank account.