LAFAYETTE — Fifteenth Judicial District Attorney Mike Harson said Tuesday he does not believe anyone else in his office was knowingly involved in the bribery scheme that his former secretary and office administrator admitted to on Monday.
“I’m obviously dismayed over the results,” Harson said. “She was a trusted employee for a number of years. Hopefully, that chapter is over. … This all came as a big surprise to a lot of people who knew Mrs. Haynes.”
A day after his former secretary pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge, 15th Judicial District Attorney Mike Harson said the only way to protect against abuses completely would be to supervise every aspect of every case himself.
The former secretary, Barna Haynes, entered her guilty plea Monday in U.S. District Court. She was accused of working with an unnamed co-conspirator to accept up to $55,000 in bribes in exchange for favorable treatment in criminal cases.. The plea resulted from a two-year federal probe into the District Attorney’s Office handling of cases in a program designed to give deserving offenders a way to keep their records clean.