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New Orleans lawyer charged in staged accident scam resigns from Louisiana bar

NOLA.com, By John Simerman, November 20, 2020

Danny Patrick Keating, Jr., the first New Orleans attorney to be indicted in a sprawling probe of staged traffic crashes into 18-wheelers, has resigned permanently from the practice of law.

The Louisiana Supreme Court granted an order Thursday over Keating's resignation, according to Chief Disciplinary Counsel Charles Plattsmier. It came two weeks after U.S. Attorney Peter Strasser announced the indictment.

The 29-page indictment, charging Keating with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, alleges that he and vehicle "slammer" Damian Labeaud worked a brazen and profitable racket setting up and suing over crashes that the lawyer knew were staged.

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