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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 25, 2013

Businessman, William P. Mack, Sentenced For Bribing Former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard

WILLIAM P. MACK, 64, a resident of Kenner, Louisiana, was sentenced today to 20 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown for conspiracy to commit bribery, announced U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente.  In addition to the term of imprisonment, Judge Brown fined MACK $60,000 and placed him on two years of supervised release.

According to court documents, beginning in 2002, MACK, the former President and owner of First Communications Company (“FCC”), a provider of telecommunications equipment and services, began a business relationship with then-Jefferson Parish councilman Aaron F. Broussard (“Broussard”).  This relationship entailed MACK paying Broussard approximately $1,500 per month in exchange for Broussard’s official acts to steer telecommunications work to MACK and his company.  By 2004, when Broussard was elected Jefferson Parish President, MACK continued to corruptly pay Broussard approximately $1,500 per month in exchange for Broussard’s efforts to steer work, including Parish telecommunications work, to FCC.  As noted in the factual basis, during the time Broussard was Parish President, MACK paid him approximately $66,000 in exchange for, among other things, Jefferson Parish telecommunications work, collectively worth approximately $40,000. 

In September 2012, Broussard, the former Jefferson Parish President, pled guilty to multiple corruption charges, including conspiracy to commit bribery involving the bribes paid by MACK.  Broussard was ultimately sentenced to 46 months imprisonment.

The case was investigated by special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Matt Chester and Brian Klebba.