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SUNO Names Indicted Ex-councilwoman As Top Adviser

A former New Orleans city council member accused of racketeering is now one of the top advisers to the chancellor of Southern University at New Orleans.

Renee Gill Pratt, who was indicted less than a week ago by a federal grand jury, has been the school's director of recruitment, admissions and recruiting for more than a year. She says the appointment to Chancellor Victor Ukpolo's executive cabinet does not carry extra pay.

The chancellor declined to comment.

Gill Pratt said she does not plan to resign while the case against her proceeds.

She is accused of plotting with three relatives of former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson to pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant money earmarked for charitable and educational programs.

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