Created By: Tonia Geiger on 09/09/1997 at 01:33 PM
| CN 1996-369 Computer Applications|
Category: Ethics Charges
September 5, 1997
Computer Applications Etc.
Through Sharon Kaye Stephens
5630 Crowder Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70127
RE: Ethics Commission Docket No. 96-369
Dear Ms. Stephens:
The Louisiana Board of Ethics, at its August 28, 1997 meeting, concluded a private investigation into the representations contained in a certificate of vote, a copy of which was forwarded under cover letter of May 20, 1997.
Following this private investigation, the Board, by a majority vote of its membership, at its August 28, 1997 meeting, ordered that a public hearing be conducted for the purpose of exploring the following:
That Computer Applications, Etc. and/or CAE may have violated Section 1113A of the Louisiana Code of Governmental Ethics (La. R.S. 42:1113A) by entering into sales transactions with Southern University in New Orleans regarding a grant awarded to Prairieview University and subcontracted to Southern University while Sharon Stephens owned a controlling interest in one or both companies and served as Director of the subcontract.
That Computer Applications, Etc. and/or CAE may have violated Section 1117 of the Louisiana Code of Governmental Ethics (La. R.S. 42:1117) by paying Sharon Stephens compensation at a time when, as an employee of
Southern University at New Orleans and Director of a subcontract on a grant awarded to Prairieview University, she was prohibited under Section 1111C(2)(d) from receiving the compensation.
The hearing will be held on January 15, 1998, at 9:00 a.m., in the Louisiana Retirement Systems Building Board Room, 8401 United Plaza, 4th Floor, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
This public hearing will be conducted in accordance with the procedural requirements set forth in Section 1141D and 1143 of the Code, 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 the civil sanctions contained in Subpart C of the Code.
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 you need any additional information, please contact Patricia Douglas or R. Gray Sexton, the designated trial attorneys.
LOUISIANA BOARD OF ETHICS
Robert L. Roland
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