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Former Jindal counsel fined by state ethics board

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Posted: Apr 15, 2011 4:27 PM
Source: Associated Press

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BATON ROUGE - The Jindal administration's former chief lawyer, Jimmy Faircloth, has been fined by the Louisiana Board of Ethics for violating state ethics law.

The board decided Friday that Faircloth shouldn't have entered into a contract to represent the Louisiana Tax Commission six months after he resigned as Gov. Bobby Jindal's executive counsel. Faircloth was required to wait a year under the law.

Faircloth returned the $7,000 he had received in legal fees from the Tax Commission after questions were raised about the contract, and before the ethics board began its investigation.

He was fined $1,000 by the ethics board, but the panel suspended the entire payment as long as Faircloth remains in compliance with ethics laws.

Faircloth acknowledged the violation in a consent agreement.

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