New Orleans, La. – U-S Attorney Jim Letten says Meffert received $860,000 from businessman and former partner Mark St. Pierre between 2004 and 2007. St. Pierre is also accused of paying kickbacks to officials in Baton Rouge and Lafayette. He has pleaded NOT guilty and is scheduled for trial in January. Meffert pleaded guilty to conspiracy and filing a false income tax return. Letten says the deal calls for Meffert, who had faced a 62-count indictment, to tell authorities what he knows. All charges that had been filed against his wife, Linda, will be dismissed after she also helps investigators. Letten was asked if the investigation could include Meffert's former boss - Mayor Ray Nagin.
"We simply follow evidence wherever it takes us, and we are not going to speculate about any other individuals who may or may not be involved in any criminality. That's actually been a key to our success and hopefully it will continue to be."
The case centers on St. Pierre getting $4 million dollars worth of no-bid contracts for the city's crime cameras.
For WWNO, I'm Eileen Fleming.