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BR tech director accused of taking bribes is retiring

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Posted: Oct 7, 2010 4:30 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Oct 7, 2010 4:31 PM
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An East Baton Rouge Parish official accused of taking bribes in return for awarding no-bid contracts for crime cameras is retiring.

Don Evans, the city-parish's Director of Information Services, will be leaving his post on November 1 according to retirement administrator Jeff Yates. He said Evans probably filed for retirement on October 1 while Yates was out of town.

Court documents filed by federal prosecutors yesterday accuse Evans of accepting gifts from Mark St. Pierre, the owner of a company called NetMethod. Prosecutors claim St. Pierre gave Evans Saints tickets, a "birthday extravaganza" and several stays in New Orleans hotels; in exchange, St. Pierre's company was awarded the contract to install crime-spotter cameras around Baton Rouge.

Lafayette city-parish's chief information officer, Keith Thibodeaux, was also listed in the documents as having accepted similar bribes; he was fired Wednesday. Meanwhile, city-parish officials in Baton Rouge are investigating Evans' conduct in awarding the NetMethod contract.

St. Pierre's business is under felony indictment for the alleged briberies and other kickbacks to techonolgy coordinators in New Orleans. Charges have not been filed against Evans or Thibodeaux at this time, thought

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