NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced today that Gilda Henderson (“HENDERSON”), 69, of Morgan City, pleaded guilty on April 13, 2022 to count one (1) of his indictment, charging with conspiracy to commit mail fraud contrary to Title 18, United States Code, article 371. By pleading guilty to count 1, the defendant incurs a maximum penalty of five (5) years of imprisonment; a period of probation of up to three (3) years; and a fine of up to $250,000.00, plus a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.00. Today’s guilty plea brings the total number of defendants convicted in Operation Sideswipe to thirty-six (36).
According to court documents, HENDERSON falsely claimed that she was a passenger in a car that was hit by a tractor-trailer on May 11, 2017. In fact, the defendant conspired with Damian Labeaud (“Labeaud”), Mario Solomon (“Solomon”) and d others for intentionally colliding with a tractor-trailer in the area of Chef Menteur Highway and Downman Road in New Orleans. After the intentional collision, HENDERSON filed a fraudulent lawsuit claiming the tractor-trailer was at fault and lied in a deposition. This scheme caused the tractor-trailer truck’s insurance company to pay over $140,000.00 in settlement funds for the May 11, 2017 collision. July 2022.
The United States Attorney’s Office wishes to thank the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Louisiana State Police, and the Metropolitan Crime Commission for their assistance in this case. The prosecution of this case is handled by Assistant US Attorney Maria M. Carboni; Financial Crimes Unit Chief Brian M. Klebba; Assistant US Attorney Edward Rivera; and Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon S. Long.