Created By: Shemeka Johnson on 06/08/2000 at 11:58 AM
Category: Campaign Finance Charges
March 17, 2000
1013 Harry Street
Golden Meadow, LA 70357
Re: Ethics Board Docket No. 2000-172
Dear Mr. Collins:
The Louisiana Board of Ethics, at its March 16, 2000 meeting, considered a staff report regarding your failure to file the campaign finance disclosure report due February 15, 2000.
The Board, by a majority vote of its membership, ordered that a public hearing be conducted for the purpose of exploring the following:
That Wilbert Collins, a candidate with a surplus from the March 27, 1999 election, may have violated Section 1505.1B of the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act (“CFDA”) (La. R.S. 18:1505.1B) by failing to file the campaign finance disclosure report required by the provisions of Section 1495.4D of the CFDA (La. R.S. 18:1495.4D) to be filed by February 15, 2000, and covering the reporting period of January 1 through December 31, 1999, and is therefore subject to civil penalties of $40 a day until the report is filed, not to exceed $10,000.
The hearing will be held in the Louisiana Retirement Systems Building Board Room, 8401 United Plaza, 4th Floor, Baton Rouge, Louisiana on June 15, 2000 at 9:00 a.m.
This public hearing will be conducted in accordance with the procedural requirements set forth in R.S. 18:1511.4C, provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act and in conformity with the Rules adopted by the Board, a copy of which is enclosed.
At the conclusion of this public hearing, the Board may impose additional civil sanctions of up to $10,000 as per R.S. 18:1505.4A(4)(b).
In order to fully cooperate with you in this matter, we will, upon request, provide you with copies of all documents we may introduce into evidence and the names and addresses of all witnesses we intend to call. If you desire the attendance of any witnesses, the Board can issue subpoenas for those witnesses. In order to have subpoenas issued you must, at least ten (10) days in advance of the hearing, supply the names and addresses of the persons to be subpoenaed and state the reasons that their testimony will be relevant and material.
If I can provide you with any additional information, please call Kathleen M. Allen at (225) 922-1400.
LOUISIANA BOARD OF ETHICS
Robert L. Roland
For the Board