Tuesday, 16 December 2008 04:56
by R. Reese Fuller
Louis Rom pleads guilty
The former Opelousas director of community development has pled guilty to forgery and felony theft charges, according to the Daily World. Louis Rom was arrested last year, accused of funneling $10,000 in city money through a non-exsistence company and into his own personal account. As community development director, he oversaw a city fund that made small business loans to start-ups in Opelousas.
Before working for the city of Opelousas, Rom was a reporter in Lafayette for The Daily Advertiser and The Times of Acadiana and most recently freelanced for the Acadiana Gazette, which still lists him as a reporter on its Web site.
Rom is scheduled for sentencing Jan. 9. He faces up to 20 years in jail and fines up to $8,000. There's also a hearing before the State Board of Ethics on malfeasance charges.
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