Guilty plea hearing set for former state Rep. Girod Jackson

A change-of-plea hearing has been set next month for Girod Jackson III, the former state representative from Harvey expected to plead guilty to charges of federal tax fraud.

Jackson pleaded not guilty when he was arraigned in the U.S. District Court earlier this month, though his attorney said moments later Jackson would change his plea soon.

Jackson is accused of understating the earnings of his Marrero construction company by a half a million dollars on his 2006 tax return and two misdemeanor charges of failing to file taxes.

He was charged through a bill of information and is expected to cooperate with federal prosecutors.

Although all of the charges against him solely relate to taxes, Jackson’s business, Diversified Ventures, had been under investigation by a number of agencies.

For example, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s inspector general found the company’s $91,218 contract was a conflict of interest because he was an elected official.

WWL-TV also found Jackson billed the state’s Road Home rebuilding program for work on rental homes for supposed work he performed on days he was actually working at the state Legislature.

The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 10 in Judge Jane Triche Milazzo’s courtroom.