Janus pleads guilty; sentencing set for May

HATTIESBURG, MS (WLOX) - 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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