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Janus pleads guilty; sentencing set for May


Former D'Iberville City Manager Michael Janus faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of fraud in federal court Monday afternoon.

As part of a plea deal, the prosecution dropped the remaining charges against him.

In Hattiesburg Monday, Janus admitted to fraudulently obtaining a $180,000 "finder's fee" from the City of D'Iberville for a company owned by Scott Walker.

The fee was supposedly for help in getting a $3 million MDEQ grant. Half of that money was then loaned to a company jointly owned by both Walker and Janus.

Janus will be sentenced in May. He could receive 10 years in prison, three years probation and a $250,000 fine. Prosecutors have given a recommended sentence, but that recommendation has been sealed by the court.

In addition, the government will seek restitution of the $180,000 consulting fee.

Scott Walker will go to trial in March, and Janus is expected to testify in that case.

Read the original indictment against Walker and Janus: http://bit.ly/1hQy4ri

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