Johnson starting 6-month jail stay

New Orleans — Former City Councilman Jon Johnson, who last summer pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges and resigned his position on the same day, was expected Tuesday to begin serving a six-month prison sentence.

U.S. District Judge Lance Africk originally ordered Johnson to report to prison Jan. 8. That date was delayed Jan. 4 after Johnson asked for more time to take care of his 8-year-old daughter who had the flu.

Johnson pleaded guilty in July to diverting funds that were from a nonprofit he controlled to his 2007 campaign for state Senate. He also pleaded guilty to submitting false documents to the Small Business Administration after getting a loan to repair storm damage to his home.

It was not immediately clear what facility Johnson was ordered to report to, but court records show that Africk on Monday denied a request from Johnson to serve his sentence at Federal Prison Camp in Pensacola, Fla., a minimum-security facility that houses male offenders.

Jason Williams, Johnson’s attorney, did not return phone or email messages Tuesday.

In addition to the six-month sentence, Africk sentenced Johnson to six months of home detention after he gets out of prison, fined him $5,000 and ordered him to pay nearly $79,700 in restitution to the federal government.