Judge refuses motion to delay restitution by former New Orleans Councilwoman Renee Gill Pratt

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NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has refused former New Orleans City Councilwoman Renee Gill Pratt's request to put off paying restitution to the city and state while she serves a four-year prison term for racketeering.

Gill Pratt, who owes more than $688,000 for steering public money to sham charities, sought a reprieve from her debt. Citing expenses related to her ailing mother, she asked U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle to delay an effort by federal prosecutors to garnish her retirement benefits.

The New Orleans Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1pq3l5M ) Lemelle denied Gill Pratt's motion, noting she already received "applicable credits" and benefited from a recalculation of her restitution when she was resentenced.

Information from: The New Orleans Advocate, http://www.neworleansadvocate.com

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