Created By: Latisha Thomas on 11/23/2010 at 09:09 AM
Category: Ethics Charges
November 19, 2010The hearing will be held at a time and place that will be set by the Ethics Adjudicatory Board. You will be contacted by the Ethics Adjudicatory Board in order to confect a Pre-hearing Scheduling Order.
Mr. Ralph Capitelli
Capitelli & Wicker
2950 Energy Centre
1100 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70163
RE: Ethics Board Docket No. 2009-964
Dear Mr. Capitelli:
The Louisiana Board of Ethics, at its October 14, 2010 meeting, concluded a private investigation into information received by the Board of Ethics which indicated that your client, Davezac Consulting, LLC, may have violated a provision of the Louisiana Code of Governmental Ethics (La. R.S. 42:1101 et seq.).
Following this private investigation the Board, by a majority vote of its membership, at the November 18, 2010 meeting, ordered that a public hearing be conducted for the purpose of exploring charges against your client, Davezac Consulting, LLC, A copy of the charges are enclosed with this letter.
The public hearing will be conducted in accordance with the procedural requirements set forth in Section 1141E and 1143 of the Louisiana Code of Governmental Ethics, and in conformity with the Rules adopted by the Board, a copy of which is enclosed. At the conclusion of this public hearing, the Ethics Adjudicatory Board shall determine whether a violation has occurred and, if so, shall determine what the civil sanctions, contained in Part III, Subpart C of the Code, shall be imposed.
In order to fully cooperate with you in this matter, the designated trial attorney will, upon request, provide you with copies of all documents that may be introduced into evidence and the names and addresses of all witnesses that the designated trial attorney intends to call. If you desire the attendance of any witnesses, the Ethics Adjudicatory Board can issue subpoenas for those witnesses.
Mr. Ralph Capitelli
November 19, 2010
If you need any additional information, please contact Michael Dupree, the designated trial attorney, or Deborah Grier, the Executive Secretary, at (225) 219-5600 or (800) 842-6630.
LOUISIANA BOARD OF ETHICS
Frank P. Simoneaux
Chairman, Louisiana Board of Ethics
RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED
STATE OF LOUISIANA
DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW
LOUISIANA BOARD *
OF ETHICS * DOCKET NO.
IN THE MATTER OF *
* AGENCY TRACKING NO. 2009-964
DAVEZAC CONSULTING, LLC *
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 18th day of November, 2010, files the following charges against Davezac Consulting, LLC, Respondent:
Davezac Consulting, LLC, violated La. R.S. 42:1117 when, in 2009, it provided a thing of economic value, a check valued at $5,000, to Mr. William Hubbard, at a time when Mr. Hubbard served as the President of St. John the Baptist Parish, and Mr. Hubbard was prohibited from receiving a thing of economic value from Davezac Consulting, LLC, by La. R.S. 42:1115.
In accordance with La. R.S. 42:1141C(3)(b)(iv) the Board designates Michael Dupree as the Board’s trial attorney 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 Davezac Consulting, LLC, has violated La. R.S. 42:1117 with respect to each of 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
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 19th day of November, 2010.
Attorney for the Louisiana Board of Ethics