Raymond Reggie sentenced in $1.2 million auto dealership scam _lowres

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Mandeville businessman Raymond Christopher Reggie walks into Russell B. Long Federal Courthouse in Baton Rouge Wednesday morning, for the sentencing hearing on his conviction on five counts of mail fraud, in connection with stealing over $1 million from multiple south Louisiana car dealerships over three years, for advertising services never rendered. The fees they paid went into Reggie's bank account.

Two-time convicted felon and politically connected Mandeville businessman Raymond Reggie was sentenced Wednesday to more than 11 years in federal prison for billing a group of south Louisiana car dealerships more than $1.2 million for advertising purchases he never made.

Even though the 53-year-old Reggie pleaded guilty in October to five counts of mail fraud, he testified Wednesday that he was stroke-impaired when he admitted his guilt and he asked U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick to let him withdraw that guilty plea.

Dick declined that request.

Reggie, who was sentenced about a decade ago to a year in prison on a bank fraud conviction, vehemently proclaimed his innocence on the current charges.

Dick ruled that Reggie’s guilty plea last fall was made knowingly and voluntarily.

In addition to the 135-month prison term Dick imposed, the judge ordered Reggie to pay a combined $1.2 million in restitution to Supreme Automotive Group of Slidell and Super Chevy Dealers of Baton Rouge.

Dick ordered Reggie to be taken immediately into federal custody.

Shortly before that, Reggie told the judge he is not a bad person. Dick agreed, but said she imposed the maximum sentence under the federal sentencing guideline range because Reggie is in need of punishment.

Prosecutor Rene Salomon described Reggie as a “serial fraudster” and a “flim-flam con artist.”