Destrehan engineer pleads guilty to bribery
Has secured contracts with St. Charles Parish School Board
Rodney Williams, former president of engineering firm Three Fold Consultants, pled guilty to giving more than $72,000 in bribes to Nagin in exchange for no-bid engineering contracts with the city.
Shortly after being indicted, Williams stepped down as president of Three Fold Consultants.
Williams’ former company also secured no-bid engineering contracts with the St. Charles Parish School Board in recent years. Three Fold is currently overseeing engineering on the R.J. Vial school expansion project and is currently accepting bid requests for the project.
School officials said under state law the submission of bids are not required for contracts with firms such as Three Fold. School Board president Al Suffrin said the firm was one of many the School Board uses when planning construction projects.
"There are several firms that we use and we do it on a rotating basis," Suffrin said.
According to School Board Member John Smith, all engineering firms working with the school district are vetted by school officials.
"Those firms are scrutinized by our staff," Smith said. "When the board begins projects (school officials) make a recommendation to us to use the firm."
Engineering firms working with the School Board oversee construction projects, including bid specifications, and receive payment based on a percentage of the overall work done on the project.
School officials said since there is no work currently being sought by the school district that would necessitate the hiring of an engineer, it was not altogether clear whether Three Fold would remain one of the School Board’s chosen engineering firms.
However, Suffrin said since Williams has stepped down from the firm he does not see any reason why they would discontinue the relationship.
"Why should the company be penalized if he is no longer attached to the company?" Suffrin said. "It just seems that after he left the company it would be unfair to penalize the company."
Suffrin said the School Board has not had any talks on canceling the current contract with Three Fold that is believed to have been negotiated under Williams’ leadership.
"We have not had any discussion on the publicity that came out of that or canceling contracts," Suffrin said. "Legally, I do not know if that would be a basis to cancel contracts."
Smith said it would be up to the discretion of Superintendent Rodney Lafon to stop using the firm.
"Any recommendation regarding that would have to come from the superintendent’s office," Smith said. "Whether or not they will continue to use that firm would be up to the superintendent."
Williams is the second head of an engineering firm to plead guilty to bribery who handles construction projects for the St. Charles Parish School Board.
In Nov. 2010, Destrehan-based engineer Ray A. Davezac pled guilty to bribing St. John the Baptist Parish President Bill Hubbard.
Davezac was sentenced to serve six months in prison for helping buy a car for Hubbard’s mistress.
Williams has yet to undergo sentencing for the crime.
Subscribe Today and Save!!!
St. Charles Herald-Guide is an award-winning newspaper that covers all aspects of St. Charles Parish - from schools and parish government news to social events, features on our local residents and sports.
Order your subscription today!
A Luling man was convicted of sexual battery on a juvenile and attempted aggravated...
St. Charles Parish Public Schools has been named one of the top school districts in...
Nearly seven years after the 2007 murder of Hilda Mae Warren, family members are...
When the monks at St. Joseph Abbey began crafting cypress coffins in 2007, they did...
A malnourished horse found wrapped up in rope in a desolate field has gotten a new...
A bill that would allow teachers and school administrators with concealed carry...
Open year-round, Banting's Nursery has everything for your landscape and more! We offer outstanding quality at affordable prices. Banting's is the one stop garden center for St. Charles, Jefferson, and Orleans Parishes.
Luling man faces 140 years in jail for sex crime - 2007 views
A Luling man was convicted of sexual battery on a juvenile and attempted aggravated incest against his daughter, who was 8 years old at the time the crimes occurred.