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PostWysłany: Sob 2:10, 16 Paź 2010    Temat postu: In the new filing

A federal jury last year accused Mr. St. Pierre of giving Mr. Meffert and his wife, Linda Meffert, more than $850,000 in kickbacks, including cash, credit card charges, grass-cutting and even Carnival krewe membership dues. In return, Mr. Meffert allegedly abused his Nagin administration post to steer at least $4 million in no-bid city work to Mr. St. Pierre's companies.
They have claimed that the payments were for Mr. Meffert's help in developing business for Mr. St. Pierre in other cities. All three have pleaded innocent and are awaiting trial in January.
There's no record of any charges filed against officials in Lafayette or Baton Rouge, but investigators are clearly on the case.
But prosecutors now say Mr. Meffert was not the only public official Mr. St. Pierre showered with gifts and cash. In a recent filing in the New Orleans case, the government claims the Belle Chasse tech vendor also bribed officials in Baton Rouge and Lafayette to get public work.
That raises serious questions about contracting in those cities and about the type of incestuous relationships Mr. St. Pierre allegedly used to circumvent competitive contracting.
The federal prosecution of former New Orleans technology chief Greg Meffert accuses him of taking kickbacks from city contractor and long-time friend Mark St. Pierre.
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In the new filing, U.S. Attorney Jim Letten says that Mr. St. Pierre hired the wife of the technology chief in Lafayette in 2005 under a contract with the city of New Orleans. The filing said he billed New Orleans taxpayers $100,000 for work she did, in invoices approved by Mr. Meffert. Around the same time, Lafayette hired a firm of Mr. St. Pierre, which eventually landed almost $200,000 in work there.

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Mr. Nagin said he did not know a city contractor was paying for his expenses. But the alleged scheme clearly undermined public trust in New Orleans' contracting. That's a cancer prosecutors need to attack -- here and anywhere else it spreads.
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In New Orleans, the Meffert scandal eroded confidence in the Nagin administration's contracting. Among the credit card charges that Mr. Meffert allegedly billed to Mr. St. Pierre was a joint family vacation the Mefferts took with then-Mayor Nagin and his family to Hawaii in 2004 and first-class airfare for the mayor and his wife to travel to Jamaica in 2005.

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