Hearing set after dad of Saints superfan charged with fraud, drug dealing charges

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
August 13, 2019 - 6:40 am

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
JJ Robertson suffered from a rare liver disease and needed a transplant.  The New Orleans Saints fulfilled the little boy's dream of meeting his football idols and welcomed him to practices, games and other events.

The attention to his cause led to tens of thousands of dollars in donations on his behalf.  Money, police say his father then stole.

Jordy Robertson is accused of spending the money on himself.  He allegedly spent the cash at casinos and on all sorts of personal expenses.

Now, federal authorities say the elder Robertson started dealing cocaine.

"U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that JORDY ROBERTSON, age 37, from St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana, was charged on Friday, August 9, 2019 with drug trafficking and wire fraud offenses," a news release said.

The government filed a two-count bill of information that charged Robertson.

"According to the bill of information, ROBERTSON’s drug trafficking conspiracy ran from at least May of 2017 through January of 2019, and his wire fraud scheme ran from October of 2016 through January of 2019." 

Strasser says if convicted of the drug charges, Robertson faces up to twenty years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million. 

If convicted of the wire fraud charges, he also faces up to twenty years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 or twice the gross gain. 

He allegedly stole close to $80,000 from the non-profit group called It Takes Lives to Save Lives.

The case is set for a pretrial conference on September 26, 2019, and trial on October 15, 2019.

A bill of information usually indicates a defendant is cutting a deal with prosecutors.

Little JJ Robertson got his liver transplant in 2017.  He is now 17 years old.

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