SORRENTO — Town Councilman Randy Anny said Tuesday he will not resign from his third elected term despite his indictment last week on felony wire fraud charges.
Anny’s brief remarks came after the Town Council meeting where business was conducted as usual with discussion about regulations for the town’s new community center and amendments to the town’s new animal control ordinance.
Anny referred all questions regarding his indictment to Baton Rouge lawyer Michael Davis.
Last week, a federal grand jury charged Anny and his wife, Barbara Falgoust Anny, with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and two counts of wire fraud.
The couple is scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen C. Riedlinger at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 26.
Mayor Mike Lambert said Anny is “innocent until proven guilty.”
Councilwoman Patti Poche said she doesn’t know much about the indictment, adding only, “It is what it is.”
Under state law, Anny can remain in office while facing these charges but he must resign if convicted of a felony charge, Lambert said.
Federal prosecutors allege the Annys submitted a false $7,800 claim in November 2010 for damage their 26-foot boat and trailer sustained while in Grand Isle during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Anny claimed a company named Kellium LLC overhauled two motors, replaced trailer bunks on the boat’s trailer and repainted the boat’s hull, the indictment says.
Federal prosecutors said Anny submitted a fraudulent repair invoice, and the Annys used a joint email account to follow up on the claim and later received a $7,800 payment.