Bonnecarre gave what could prove to be crucial testimony when she said that NetMethods paid for a shipment by another St. Pierre firm to Dell on behalf of the New Orleans Police Department. The defense has always maintained that NetMethods could legitimately pay for Meffert and Mayor Ray Nagin to take various trips because it wasn't doing any business with the city and was completely separate from St. Pierre's other firm, Veracent, which did have the city account.
Oops. You screwed that one up guys.
They were throwing up Llc.'s in order to shield themselves from the appearance of inside dealing and kickbacks, but they apparently screwed the pooch on that one. Veracent was set up essentially as a billing shell company to shield/separate/hide their other companies from city contracts. Not that the multiple Llc. scheme would hold up in criminal court anyway, but in the civil case it may have had legs. Doesn't look like that anymore.
Remember, during Meffert's deposition, Glad Jones called the multiple company shield strategy (I just made that up, MCSS....like it?) out and told Randy Smith, "I know that's your defense strategy....good luck with that."
Apparently they didn't even get that strategy right and billed Dell through Netmethods instead of Veracent. Doh. They didn't even stick to their own plan...silly rabbits. That's going to make things all the more easier to enforce RICO in the criminal case. Things are definitely not looking good for Muppet and St. Pierre...but now I would say things are looking increasingly bad for the mayor.
Just my view from afar...wish it was up close. I would love to be in that courtroom blogging the whole thing.