But Williams' denies abusing the public's trust, his attorney released this statement:
"Caddo Parish Commissioner Michael D. Williams denies allegations that he devised a scheme to defraud either the Caddo Parish Commission or the community organization known as SWAG Nation. The allegations arise out of an investigation by the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office and were presented to a Federal Grand Jury that returned the indictment accusing Commissioner Williams of 12 counts of wire fraud connected to his use of a bank debit card issued to SWAG Nation.
Commissioner Williams denies abusing the public's trust, and that SWAG Nation received any funds from the Parish Commission before it delivered the services that SWAG Nation had contracted to provide. Those services include: providing mentoring, counseling, and training to at-risk youth referred to SWAG Nation.
As the U.S. Attorney's Press Release notes, an indictment is merely an accusation. An indictment is not proof of guilt."
Williams faces up to 20 years in prison, five years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine for each count.
The FBI and Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph G. Jarzabek and Brandon B. Brown are prosecuting the case.
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