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DA's ex-secretary pleads guilty in bribery case

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) -- The former secretary and office administrator for the district attorney for Louisiana's 15th Judicial District has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge for accepting bribes from defendants with pending criminal cases.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley's office says the cases for which 58-year-old Barna D. Haynes received payments involved a variety of crimes, the majority of which were DWI cases.

Haynes, of Lafayette, entered the plea Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Patrick J. Hanna.

Prosecutors say Haynes admitted receiving $55,000 in bribes while working for District Attorney Mike Harson from a person identified in court documents only as a co-conspirator, but authorities contend the payments exceeded $70,000.

Sentencing has not been scheduled. Haynes faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

DA's ex-secretary pleads guilty in bribery case

Tuesday, January 15 2013, 07:51 PM CST
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