Businessman in Broussard probe takes first steps to pleading guilty

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Posted on July 31, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 31 at 6:16 PM

Maya Rodriguez / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- William Mack exited federal court Tuesday afternoon about 30 minutes after entering a not guilty plea relating to a bribery scheme involving former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard.

Mack is president of First Communications Company, a provider of telecommunications equipment and services.

Federal prosecutors contend Mack paid Broussard $66,000 to steer parish work to the company.

“This was a first appearance for Mr. Mack. He has given full cooperation to the government, two years before he even hired me. He's always been truthful and upfront with the government and will continue to be,” said Mack’s attorney, Eddie Castaing.

Mack pleaded not guilty, but Castaing said that plea will change.

"We'll pick a date later to go back with the judge and plead guilty and then begin that process,” Castaing said.

This all comes after a superseding indictment last week was returned against Broussard and former parish attorney Tom Wilkinson.

Eyewitness News legal analyst Donald “Chick” Foret said it's part of the government's strategy in pursuing the case against Broussard.

"Mr. Broussard has made it very clear, prior to today, that he is not interested in pleading guilty. He's not interested in entering into a plea bargain agreement,” Foret said. “So, what the government has appeared to have done is that they have continued to investigate any allegations against Mr. Broussard."

Broussard's attorney did not return calls for comment.

As for Mack, his attorney says he no longer has any communication whatsoever with Broussard.

 

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