Ascension Parish President Indicted

Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa, Gonzales businessman indicted in bribery scandal

BY DAVID J. MITCHELL | dmitchell@theadvocate.com

GONZALES ā€” Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa and Gonzales businessman Olin Berthelot were indicted Friday in an attempted bribery scheme in which they are accused of trying to entice a candidate to drop out of an election last fall.

The 11-person grand jury of eight men and three women was unanimous in its findings The grand jury heard from four witnesses Friday, including Gonzales City Councilman Neal Bourque, and two others last month.

Matassa and Berthelot were each indicted on one count of violating Louisiana law by offering something of value to get a candidate to withdraw from an election.

Lewis Unglesby, Matassa’s attorney, said his client already turned himself in and posted bail Friday afternoon. Steven Moore, defense attorney for Berthelot, said his client would be doing the same.

If convicted, Matassa and Berthelot each face up to two years in state prison, with or without hard time, or a $2,000 fine.

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