Ex-school board member pleads in church theft case

| October 9, 2011

ST. FRANCISVLLE, La. (AP) — A former East Feliciana Parish School Board member has pleaded no contest to felony theft in connection with a scheme to divert funds meant for a West Feliciana Parish church.

The Advocate reports 80-year-old Oliver Wingfield of Jackson entered the plea Thursday before state District Judge William G. Carmichael, who sentenced Wingfield to a suspended five-year prison term.

Carmichael also placed Wingfield on supervised probation for five years on the condition he pay a $1,000 fine, make restitution to the church and perform 60 days of community service.

Wingfield is the third of seven people indicted in the case to enter a plea.

West Feliciana Parish Police Juror John Cobb, Cobb's wife, his mother-in-law and the Rev. George Veal, a Clinton minister, also face prosecution in the case brought last year by State Police detectives.

Veal and Wingfield were officials in a defunct nonprofit organization, Feliciana Enrichment Center in Clinton.



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