by Elliott Stonecipher

Do secrets come out?

A key figure in the wide-ranging federal investigation of former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin is also a campaign contributor to Mayor Cedric Glover, and recipient of Shreveport city hall contracts.

Rodney Williams, indicted

Rodney Williams of New Orleans, indicted by federal officials last week in the Nagin investigation (SEE Times-Picayune report here), is identified by the newspaper as the “former president” of the politically active engineering consulting firm and “minority contractor,” Three-Fold Consultants, LLC.  Williams is also shown in the corporations database of the Louisiana Secretary of State as the registered agent for BRT Investment Group, LLC.   [Website has been pulled – see reference.]

In pleading guilty in the federal investigation of Nagin, Williams admitted paying $72,250 in bribes related to various New Orleans city contracts some two years after Hurricane Katrina.  The “Factual Basis” of the federal indictment of Williams is detailed in related federal court documents.  The illegal contracts tied to Williams were related to architectural and engineering services in the New Orleans’ Public Works Department.

The Times-Picayune also reports that City of New Orleans and Jefferson Parish are “moving to end” all contracts with the firm in the wake of the guilty plea by Williams.

According to records of the Louisiana Ethics Administration, Three Fold Consultants gave $3,250 to Glover for campaign expenses between October 2010 and July 2011.

On its “Contract References” page, website Openfos lists the City of Shreveport as a reference for the company, citing work both for Shreveport’s Solid Waste Department and Department of Operational Services.  Information available on the City of Shreveport official website confirms at least one current water and sewer design contract to Three Fold – a $2.6 million sewer lift station project, Index: 416214 / Reference: 05F003 – as well as an earlier subcontract for work on a city pavilion project.

public corruption is a pernicious ill!

Any additional contracts which may have been entered into with Three Fold Consultants for projects to be constructed as a part of the city’s 2011 $175,000,000 bond issue have not yet been confirmed.

To date, neither the Shreveport City Council nor Glover have acknowledged the city’s relationship with Three Fold Consultants, much less taken action to nullify any aspects of that relationship.