Harvey fire official gets $10,000 state ethics fine

A Harvey Volunteer Fire Company No. 2 official has agreed to pay a $10,000 fine for violating state ethics laws.

The fine came as part of a settlement of Louisiana Board of Ethics conflict-of-interest charges against Tim Thiebaud.

The charges related to business the fire company did with Thiebaud and his wife Donna’s business, Thiebaud’s Emergency Vehicle Lighting & Supplies, while he was assistant fire chief and a fire company board member.

State law bans appointed members of boards, members of their immediate family or a legal entity in which they have “a substantial economic interest” from doing business with their agency.

In addition, state law bars public servants from participating in transactions involving their governmental entity in which they have a substantial economic interest.

According to the settlement agreement, between August 2006 and March 2009, the Harvey Volunteer Fire Company No. 2 purchased $37,150.57 in supplies from Thiebaud’s company.

The board also said that in his position as assistant fire chief, Thiebaud requested that the fire company purchase $28,069 in supplies from his business. It said he also filled all the orders made by the fire company.

Under terms of the agreement, Thiebaud will pay the fine off in $200 a month installments over 50 months.