Stephan Laroque Former State Rep. Convicted

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The Former state Rep. Stephen LaRoque has been convicted on 12 counts of federal charges related to accusations that he enriched himself with U.S. Department of Agriculture money. Struggling business owners were meant to get the money for help.

Sentencing is set for September 10 after the verdict came on Friday Morning in the Federal courtroom in Greenville.

The trial began during May and complex government contended financial transactions amounted to theft and money laundering.

LaRoque represented by attorneys Joseph Cheshire V and Elliot Abrams argued that the prosecutors described legitimate transactions as theft. In the meantime, prosecutors contended that the defense team portrayed the alleged crimes as mere ethical lapses and did not constitute a crime. The prosecutors argued the case of theft amounting to $300,000 in federal funds and his attempts to conceal the theft through sham loans and tax avoidance.

The federal jury began their deliberations on Wednesday and before noon came back with their verdict.

The trial began in mid-May and involved testimony about complex financial transactions that the government contended amounted to theft and money laundering.

The federal jury began their deliberations on Wednesday and came back with their verdict shortly before noon.

Written by Laura Oneale

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