Oct 15, 2010 10:07 PM by Alison Haynes
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state ethics board has decided that former Mandeville Mayor Eddie Price violated state ethics laws by accepting golf and hunting trips and other gifts from companies seeking contracts and permits from the city.
The board did not fine Price for the infractions, however, taking into consideration his guilty plea to federal charges of corruption and income tax evasion. He faces a 40-month prison sentence.
The Times-Picayune reports that the ethics board Friday approved an agreement signed by Price that acknowledged the ethics violations and waived the penalties.
The document says Price received a California golfing trip and expenses for a hunting trip to Canada from Don McMath, who had construction projects requiring permits from the City of Mandeville. He also received a golfing trip from Tesco Controls Inc. when the company was seeking a contract with the city.