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NEWORLEANS - The ex-wife of former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard will have to wait a little longer to find out her punishment in an alleged payroll fraud case.

Wednesday, the Texas judge presiding over the case ordered that Karen Parker's sentencing be continued from November 2012 to February 2013.

Federal prosecutors urged the continuance stating that Parker is expected to be a witness at Broussard and former Jefferson Parish Attorney Tom Wilkinson's upcoming corruption trial.

Parker's attorney, David Courselle, joined in the motion.

As part of a plea deal, Parker, 46, has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in their case. Parker faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison following her guilty plea to one count of misprision of a felony, or concealing a crime.

Prosecutors say Parker had the job title of paralegal supervisor and collected more than $323,000 in taxpayer funds over six years, though she wasn't qualified for the position and wasn't performing its duties. They also charge that Broussard asked Wilkinson to hire his then fiance in exchange for lucrative pay raises.

Both Broussard and Wilkinson strongly deny the allegations and others involving possible contractor fraud and self-dealing charges.

Judge Hayden Head also signed an order re-noticing the trial date in the case. It was recently moved from October 1 to November 5.
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