Former St. Tammany Sheriff to enter plea in federal court today

Strain charged with 16 corruption counts

Chris Miller
September 10, 2019 - 10:46 am

Former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain is due in federal court in New Orleans Tuesday to enter a plea on a 16-count indictment. A grand jury charged Strain with taking bribes and committing wire fraud.

The former sheriff faces sentences of five to 20 years in jail for each count.  

The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana said Strain violated his "sacred duty to uphold and honor the public trust."

"He took undue advantage of his official position to unjustly enrich himself, his friends and his family at the expense of the taxpayer," said U.S. Attorney Peter Strasser.

The case involves Strain’s awarding of an inmate work-release program contract to two ranking deputies' children. 

Former sheriff’s office captains Clifford Keen and David Hanson Sr. pleaded guilty earlier this year to profiting from a department contract while employed by the sheriff's office. 

Prosecutors say Keen and Hanson's kids, Brandy Hanson and Jarret Keen, made more than a million dollars from the program in three years and kicked a portion of the profits back to Strain.

Strain also faces sex crimes charges in an unrelated case in state court. Accusations include rape and incest.

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