2010-176
Created By: Latisha Thomas on 04/04/2011 at 02:41 PM
Category: Ethics Charges
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STATE OF LOUISIANA

DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW

LOUISIANA BOARD *
OF ETHICS *
* DOCKET NO.
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IN THE MATTER OF *
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* AGENCY TRACKING NO. 2010-176
DONALD VILLERE *


CHARGES

The Louisiana Board of Ethics ( “Board”), acting pursuant to La. R.S. 42:1141C and a majority vote of its members at its meeting on the 17th day of March, 2011, files the following charges against Donald Villere, Respondent:
Count I.

At a time when Donald Villere was a candidate for the office of Mayor of the City of Mandeville in the March 27, 2010 election, he violated La. R.S. 42:1130.4 when he distributed or caused to be distributed, with the intent to mislead voters, a written brochure entitled “Ms. Lenfant claims to be a reformer” regarding another candidate, Tribly Lenfant, in the March 27, 2010 election for the office of Mayor of the City of Mandeville, which he knew contained false statements regarding Tribly Lenfant.

Count II.
At a time when Donald Villere was a candidate for the office of Mayor of the City of Mandeville in the March 27, 2010 election, he violated La. R.S. 42:1130.4 when he distributed or caused to be distributed, with the intent to mislead voters, a written email entitled “You Be the Judge” regarding another candidate, Tribly Lenfant, in the March 27, 2010 election for the office of Mayor of the City of Mandeville, which he knew contained false statements regarding Ms. Lenfant.
In accordance with La. R.S. 42:1141C (3)(b)(iv), the Board designates Tracy M. Barker and Kathleen M. Allen as the Board’s trial attorneys in this matter.
WHEREFORE, the Louisiana Board of Ethics requests that the Ethics Adjudicatory Board (a) conduct a hearing on the foregoing charges; (b) determine that Donald Villere has violated La. R.S. 42:1130.4 with respect to the foregoing counts; and (c) assess an appropriate penalty in accordance with the recommendation of the Louisiana Board of Ethics to be submitted at the hearing.


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Frank P. Simoneaux
Chair, Louisiana Board of Ethics
P.O. Box 4368
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
Telephone: (225) 219-5600
Facsimile: (225) 381-7271


CERTIFICATE:

I hereby certify that a copy of this document has been forwarded to the Respondent by registered/certified mail in accordance with La. R.S. 42:1141E(1)(a), on this 24th day of March, 2011.
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Tracy M. Barker
Trial Attorney
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