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The former lead fundraiser of a Louisiana hospital foundation has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $550,000 for his personal use.

News outlets report 49-year-old John Paul Funes entered guilty pleas Thursday on charges of wire fraud and money laundering.

Prosecutors say the fired president and CEO of Our Lady of the Lakes Foundation falsified records in order to use the charity's money for gift cards and to send family and friends to LSU and New Orleans Saints football games.

A New Orleans-area physician has pleaded guilty in a drug and money laundering case.

U.S. Attorney Peter Strasser's office says in a Friday news release that 58-year-old Wayne Jerome Celestine is a New Orleans resident who practiced medicine in Gretna.

Celestine was arrested in April. Court documents say he had illegally dispensed opiates, often without conducting medical or physical exams of his patients in visits that lasted five minutes or less.

A Bastrop farmer was sentenced to 108 months in prison for creating shell farms so he could receive more than $5.4 million in subsidy payments to which he was not entitled.