Businessman pleads guilty to bribing Public Official A

Published: Dec. 5, 2012 at 3:07 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 12, 2012 at 3:07 AM CST
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New Orleans, La. - Destrehan businessman Rodney Williams pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to bribing Public Official A.

Williams agreed to a plea deal to serve between 30 and 37 months in jail. Williams also greed to testify against public official A believed to be former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin.

The feds claim say Williams paid three bribes of more than $70,000 to public official A and his granite company.

Williams is the former president of a company called 'Three Fold Consultants' and is accused of paying thousands of dollars to a former public official in exchange for business benefits.

According to the Bill Of Information, that public official served as an agent for the City of New Orleans from May 2002 to May of 2010. It's the same period Nagin was in office.

Documents accuse Williams of making a series of payoffs starting in January of 2008, in return the public official steering business deals to his firm starting in 2007.

If Nagin is going to be charged for allegedly accepting those payoffs, it could happen soon because of a five year statute of limitations.

Williams will be the second businessman with alleged ties to Nagin to plead guilty.

Frank Fradella was the CEO of 'Home Solutions of America' and pleaded guilty to bribing a former public official, believed to be Nagin, in exchange for the promise of city work.

Fradella admitted to a $50,000 payment to that official in 2008.

The city's former Chief Technology Officer, Greg Meffert, is also cooperating with the feds.

Meffert still has not been sentenced, but admitted to receiving kickbacks while working as a top administrator for Nagin.

Meffert said he steered millions of dollars of no-bid work for the New Orleans crime cameras to the company of businessman Mark St. Pierre.

FOX 8 legal analyst Joe Raspanti believes the feds are setting up a case against the former Mayor that shows a pattern of alleged corruption.

"If they can show that over and over again people who got the big contracts had a relationship with the Mayor in such a way that he benefited from it financially then each case strengthens each other case," says Raspanti.