NEW ORLEANS -- After months of delays, one of the key conspirators connected to the River Birch landfill federal probe was sentenced in federal court Wednesday.
Titus pleaded guilty a year and a half ago. His attorneys tried to withdraw that guilty plea with little luck.
Flanked by his two attorneys inside federal court, Titus listened as U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle outlined the 49-year-old’s federal sentence.
Titus now has to serve five years in prison, pay a $100,000 fine and more than $920,000 in restitution.
This time last year, Titus pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud. According to the feds, Titus was involved in stealing $1.2 million dollar from Garner Services, a construction company he co-owns.
Titus is the brother-in-law of Dominick Fazzio, the chief financial officer for River Birch landfill, which is in the center of a massive federal probe. Fazzio is also accused of embezzling money from Titus’ construction business.
The federal government wanted Titus to be a witness in that case, but after Wednesday’s sentencing his attorney said that likely won’t happen.
“We will move forward and figure out what we can appeal,” said James Ardoin, Titus’ defense attorney.
Titus has to report to prison Oct. 26. Until then he’s required to stay at home.
This may not be the end for Titus. His attorney says another indictment by the government is expected to be filed in this case in the next few days.