Walter Reed, the former 22nd Judicial District attorney who was indicted by a grand jury on a raft of federal tax and corruption charges Thursday, will be arraigned May 4 in U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon’s court, as will his son, Steven Reed.
Reed, who was district attorney for St. Tammany and Washington parishes for 30 years, was accused in a wide-ranging indictment of using campaign donations for personal spending and to funnel money to his son.
He’s also charged with committing fraud in side work he performed for St. Tammany Parish Hospital by taking money for himself that should have gone to the office. That deal netted him $30,000 a year and lasted two decades.
The 30-page indictment charges the former top law enforcement official with 18 counts, including an overarching conspiracy charge and multiple counts of wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering and filing false statements on his income taxes.
Steven Reed faces two counts: conspiracy and wire fraud.
Reed announced in July that he would not be seeking a sixth term in office amidst a barrage of negative media coverage and revelations that he was under federal investigation.
His lawyer, Richard Simmons, held a press conference Thursday after the grand jury indicted the pair. He stressed that the government’s case is about campaign money, not taxpayer money, He added that the hospital relationship had always been with Reed’s private practice but that 20 years later, no formal documents can be found.
Steven Reed’s lawyer, W. Glenn Burns, suggested that his client was included to make Walter Reed consider a plea deal rather than a decision made on the merits of the case.