Meffert also testified about the arrangement he and St. Pierre made with the former technology chief in Lafayette. Meffert said he struck out on a proposal to Lafayette tech chief Keith Thibodeaux to get St. Pierre’s NetMethods business in the south-central Louisiana city, but St. Pierre came up with something that worked.
“Keith texted me and said they had worked out a deal where Lafayette would hire NetMethods if I hired Keith’s wife at the city (of New Orleans),” Meffert said. “I freaked out. I called him and said, ‘That’s great, but don’t ever write something like that in a text. It’s stupid.’”
City-Parish President Joey Durel terminated Thibodeaux in October 2010, shortly after federal investigators informed him of his wife’s contract with St. Pierre’s company in New Orleans. Neither Keith Thibodeaux nor his wife, Celeste, has been charged in the alleged kickback scheme.
The T-P reported Wednesday that if St. Pierre’s maximum sentence were imposed on all charges consecutively, he would face up to 55 years in prison. But if the sentence is imposed concurrently, he will get about 10 years.
Read more breaking news on St. Pierre's conviction in the T-P here.