A Belle Chasse man with municipal technology business in Baton Rouge and Lafayette was sentenced Thursday to more than 17 years in prison for conspiracy and bribery convictions in New Orleans.
Mark St. Pierre, 48, also must forfeit more than $3.2 million from municipal business his technology firms were awarded after he bribed former New Orleans Chief Technology Officer Gregory Meffert, U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon ruled.
“Mark St. Pierre bought his way into New Orleans City Hall with money, yachts, dancers, parties, credit cards and more,” U.S. Attorney Jim Letten of New Orleans said in a statement.
“No government is for sale in the Eastern District of Louisiana,” Letten added.
Meffert pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy, bribery and other charges. He admitted that he accepted bribes and kickbacks from St. Pierre and that they totaled more than $860,000. He is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 5.
No criminal charges have been filed in Baton Rouge or Lafayette.
But former Baton Rouge Chief Technology Officer Donald Evans accepted free hotel stays and other things of value before steering $3.5 million in city-parish technology business to St. Pierre’s NetMethods, prosecutors alleged in the New Orleans case.
Evans, who retired late last year, has denied those allegations in a related civil suit in Baton Rouge.
Federal prosecutors in New Orleans also alleged in St. Pierre’s criminal case that former Lafayette Chief Technology Officer Keith Thibodeaux recommended city officials approve a $45,000 computer-consulting contract for NetMethods in 2005.
That same year, another of St. Pierre’s companies hired Thibodeaux’s wife and paid her more than $100,000, prosecutors alleged in New Orleans.
Thibodeaux, like Evans, was never charged with any criminal offense.
But Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel fired Thibodeaux after prosecutors’ allegations appeared in St. Pierre’s court file in October.