When a person’s responsibilities include managing a great deal of money, it is not out of the question that some mistakes could be made. However, some people — including law enforcement officials — may be quick to conclude that what was simply a mistake is actually something much more nefarious. For example, Louisiana musician, Irvin Mayfield, and his friend were recently indicted on several federal crimes and are likely considering their criminal defense.
The trumpet player and his friend served on the board of a foundation intended to benefit public libraries. They also allegedly had roles in a jazz orchestra that Mayfield founded. However, prosecutors have accused the pair of using over $1 million of funds meant for libraries for their own enrichment.
They are suspected of using the money intended for the New Orleans Public Library Foundation to pay their own salaries at the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. Law enforcement officials claim that money also went toward a gold-plated trumpet and that the pair misled other board members about the funds, even going as far as falsifying board meeting minutes. Charges included money laundering and obstruction of justice.
Unfortunately, the men could face serious consequences if convicted of the charges against them. In order to create an effective criminal defense, they must fully understand the allegations against and the potential consequences of a conviction. In some cases, those accused of a crime in Louisiana must decide between accepting a plea deal, when available, or fighting the charges in court. An attorney with experience with criminal cases can help ensure that a defendant has the information necessary to make informed decisions.
Source: U.S. News & World Report, “Trumpeter Faces Money Laundering, Obstruction Charges“, Dec. 14, 2017