Documents claim BR, Lafayette officials took bribes
New documents in a federal case involving a crime camera business claim the owner paid thousands of dollars in kickbacks to technology coordinators in Baton Rouge and Lafayette.
The documents allege that starting in 2006, Mark St. Pierre, the owner of NetMethods, “showered” Baton Rouge’s Director of Information Services, Donald Evans, with gifts. Prosecutors said Evans received four Saints tickets, a “50th birthday party extravaganza” and overnight trips to hotels in New Orleans. The city later awarded NetMethods with a contract to incorporate crime camera networks into the city.
St. Pierre is also accused of paying more than $850,000 to Greg Meffert, the former technology coordinator of New Orleans. St. Pierre will go on trial in January in the New Orleans case.
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