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Janus tells his side of indictment: ‘It’s like a John Grisham novel. It really is.”

For months, former state representative and D’Iberville City Manager Michael Janus has kept quiet about many of the details of the investigation and the legal battle that he said have taken his life savings, his retirement and nearly his marriage. Janus said his indictment left him almost bankrupt and ruined his reputation and career.

He was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison and three years of supervised release. He pleaded guilty to one charge of fraud for failing to inform the D’Iberville City Council that he had an interest in a $180,000 fee paid to the firm of Maxwell Walker as a “finder’s fee” for getting the city a $3 million grant for Ocean Expo, an aquarium project.

“I take responsibility,” he told the Sun Herald before the sentencing.

But he also says, “There’s so much to the story that hasn’t been reported.”

Janus said he is considering his legal options and may write a book.

Sunherald
6/16/14