NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) — Real estate agents and would-be homebuyers saw an expensive new home appear on the New Orleans market Monday: An Uptown mansion owned by Orleans district attorney Jason Williams and his wife Elizabeth was for sale. at an asking price of $2 million.
The five-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom Victorian-style home was originally built in 1884. Fox 8 is not disclosing the address of the 4,961-square-foot home because the New Orleans Police Department said Monday they were still investigating a reported death threat that would were leveled against Williams just 12 days ago.
“The investigation into this (death threat) incident remains active and ongoing,” the NOPD said in a statement. “There are no updates available at this time.”
Police did not answer a question about whether they should provide special protection for an open house scheduled to take place at the Williams residence from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Williams, who made his first public comments earlier Monday since being acquitted in his federal tax fraud trial last week, did not answer questions from reporters. Nor did he or his spokesman respond to questions later emailed to his office regarding his home’s sale listing.
Records show that Williams purchased the Uptown mansion in March 2019 for $1.41 million while still serving on the New Orleans City Council.
It’s unclear how much tax debt Williams owes to the federal government, which said at trial that he underpaid his taxes by $281,837 between the years 2013-17, and accused him of failing to pay an additional $273,958 in taxes. 2019, according to a lien filed by the IRS first reported by Fox 8’s Lee Zurik in May.
Williams will also have to pay the expensive legal team that led his successful trial defense last week: New Orleans attorney Billy Gibbens and Colorado-based Lisa Wayne, the powerful attorney who previously negotiated a four-state plea deal for the Saints’ former defense. , Darren Sharper in a blockbuster rape case.
To remain qualified to serve as a prosecutor, the state constitution requires Williams to remain a resident of Orleans Parish during his tenure.
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