Exclusive interview with Michael Williams

Former Caddo Commissioner returns home after months in federal prison

Former Caddo Commissioner Michael Williams, who was found guilty on 11 counts of wire fraud in March 2016, was released from federal custody Friday, after spending a little more than a year at Pollock Camp, a minimum security federal prison located around 15 miles north of Alexandria.

A federal jury found Williams guilty of withdrawing funds from the account of SWAG Nation between April 2013 and July 2014. Williams was instrumental in convincing the Caddo Parish Commission to appropriate funds to the organization, which has the declared purpose of mentoring and counseling at-risk youth ages 7-17.

Saturday, Williams’ friends and family held a celebration in southwest Shreveport to welcome him home, NBC6’s Zyneria Byrd was invited to sit down with Williams for an exclusive interview.

In Byrd’s interview, Williams spoke about his conviction, his appeal of that conviction that is still making its way through the courts, along with his experience in prison and how it changed him.

He said he still believes in SWAG Nation, and said its board of directors have been totally supportive throughout his trial and his months in prison. He emphasized the SWAG Nation board did not bring charges against him.

During his incarceration, Williams said he was called to the ministry and while in prison, the 61 baptisms he performed there, and the movement – Jesus, Jobs & Justice – he he performed 61 baptisms.

He plans to continue his ministry, and will do so in a new church he plans to open in Cedar Grove called “From Destruction to Deliverance.”

He added that he once campaigned for office, but now will campaign for God.


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