Published 10:00 am Sunday, July 11, 2021

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – United States Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that
SHAWANDA DOVE, 51, of Amite, Louisiana, pleaded guilty on July 7, 2021 to use of an
interstate facility with intent to carry on unlawful activity and tampering with a witness.
According to the superseding bill of information, DOVE used a cell phone to carry out a bribery
scheme, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1952(a)(3) and 2. Specifically, DOVE paid a Tangipahoa
Parish Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Records Division Supervisor in exchange for fraudulent bonds
used for the release of incarcerated persons. Additionally, in an related matter, DOVE made
multiple threats to a witness cooperating in the federal prosecution of DOVE’s son, Aaron
Nakeenen Womack, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1512(b)(1).
As to the bribery scheme, DOVE faces maximum penalties of five (5) years incarceration, a
$250,000 fine, a three (3) year term of supervised release, and a mandatory special assessment of
$100.00. Additionally, DOVE faces maximum penalties of twenty (20) years imprisonment and/or
a fine of $250,000, three (3) years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment for the
witness tampering charge. DOVE’s sentencing is scheduled on October 6, 2021.
U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Homeland
Security Investigations in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorneys Tracey
Knight and Paige O’Hale are in charge of the prosecution.