NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Irvin Mayfield, the jazz trumpet participant who grew to become an emblem of New Orleans resilience after Hurricane Katrina, was scheduled to be sentenced in federal courtroom Wednesday for steering charity cash meant for public libraries to his private use.
Mayfield and his musical and enterprise associate, pianist Ronald Markham, every pleaded responsible in November of final yr to a single cost of conspiracy to commit fraud. Prosecutors alleged they steered greater than $1.3 million from the New Orleans Public Library Basis to themselves, largely by funneling it by means of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, which Mayfield based.
“E-book One,” an album by Mayfield and the Jazz Orchestra, gained a Grammy in 2010. However the library basis scandal led to his resignation as inventive director of the orchestra in 2016 whereas scrutiny of his function with the library grew following investigative stories by WWL-TV.
Markham and Mayfield every confronted a attainable 5-year jail sentence.
Mayfield was amongst musicians who took a high-profile function in selling New Orleans after levee failures and catastrophic flooding throughout Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Mayfield’s father died within the floodwaters.
Mayfield was additionally a founding member of the Afro-Caribbean jazz ensemble Los Hombres Calientes.
Prosecutors mentioned that along with orchestra working bills and salaries for Mayfield and Markham, library basis cash went into Mayfield’s private financial institution accounts and towards the acquisition of a gold-plated trumpet. Prosecutors mentioned the boys additionally took steps to mislead the library basis and others about their cash transfers, together with falsifying basis board assembly minutes.
Previous to his indictment and responsible plea, Mayfield had outlined grand plans for town’s libraries in an AP interview in 2008.
“A library is democracy inside 4 partitions, the liberty to info,” he mentioned then. “Jazz is democracy we hear.”
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