Former D'Iberville City Manager, Michael Janus, will serve 21 months in prison for committing fraud against the government. U.S. District Court Judge, Keith Starrett, sentenced Janus about an hour before Bill Walker's sentencing on Monday.
Janus could have been sentenced to serve the maximum penalty of 10 years behind bars. Bill Walker's son, Scott Walker, also pleaded guilty to corruption charges in connection with Janus' case. The two admitted to defrauding the federal government of money while Janus played a role in granting Walker an outrageous consulting fee from the city. Monday, News 25’s media partner, the Sun Herald, sat down with Janus.
He says, “If Scott would have continued to go forth, perhaps we would have had a better outcome. I think he could’ve beat the charges in court. At least then all the facts would have gotten out there and a jury of your peers, at least we could’ve seen another view point, not solely what the federal government had presented.”