Walter Guillory, the former public housing director in Lafayette and Opelousas, has been sentenced to two years and four months in federal prison for bid rigging and wire fraud. United States District Judge Elizabeth Foote announced the sentence on Wednesday June 11th and ordered two concurrent 28 month terms to be served. Guillory received a reduced prison sentence due to his cooperation in an ongoing probe into public housing.
Guillory served as the executive director of the Lafayette Housing Authority (LHA) from June 1998 through October 2010, and as the director of the Opelousas Housing Authority (OHA) from November 2005 to November 2010. During this time period, he solicited donations from various vendors and contractors of both the LHA and the OHA for a local baseball team that he sponsored. The vendors were expected to make these yearly donations in exchange for doing business with the housing authorities. He solicited and received more than $100,000 in bribes during this scheme and used the majority of the funds to pay for personal expenses.
The FBI and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development conducted the investigation of these charges. Assistant United States Attorney Kelly P. Uebinger led the prosecution of this case.