Local restaurant owner pleads guilty to multiple charges
Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — Jamal Roman has plead guilty in a courtroom, including one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and bribery.
Roman is owner of all Mis Padres and Roman’s restaurants in Ascension and East Baton Rouge parishes.
During the hearing, Roman admitted to sales tax fraud, bribery, and payroll tax fraud; he further admitted that between May 2001 and March 2006 he defrauded the State of Louisiana, East Baton Rouge Parish, Ascension Parish out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in sales tax revenue.
He stated that he bribed multiple officials in order to reduce audits. He also admitted that from 2000 to 2006, he failed to pay taxes on half the wages paid to employees.
U.S. Attorney Donald Cazayoux stated: “My office will continue to devote the necessary
resources to successfully pursue complex corruption and fraud schemes,” said U.S. Attorney Cazayoux. “These fraud schemes directly impact our state and local governments’ ability to fund schools, roads, unemployment compensation, and other vital programs.”
Roman has been charged with Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud, Bribery, seven counts of Mail
Fraud, and three counts of Bribery Involving a Federally Funded Entity.