Two Plaquemines Parish businesses have been fined $2,500 for violating state ethics laws by contracting with a company owned by Parish Councilman Jeff Edgecombe.
Deep Delta Houseboats and West Delta Development, both owned by Michael and William Butler, paid Edgecombe Construction $197,100 and $251,132, respectively, for materials and construction services at the Venice Marina.
Since 2002, Deep Delta has leased two tracts of land from the parish at the marina for $25,000 a year each. Because of their contractual relationship with the parish, state ethics laws say the Butlers should not have been doing business with a parish councilman, the Louisiana Board of Ethics said.
The board fined the companies after hearings in which Michael and William Butler acknowledged the facts of the charges against them.
Edgecombe still has two pending ethics charges against him related to his company’s work with the Butler brothers. Edgecombe was elected in 2014 to a second term, which expires in 2018.
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