Archive for November, 2019

Ouachita Citizen: Former Congressman McAllister had biz ties to alleged Ponzi schemer


The Ouachita Citizen’s Zach Parker is reporting in this week’s edition that former Fifth District Congressman Vance McAllister had at one time a business connection with Donnie Laing, Jr., who was last week indicted in connection with a million dollar Ponzi scheme.

Parker wrote that McAllister launched an energy company with Laing in 2016, according to Secretary of State records. Records show Laing, McAllister and McAllister’s father, Gene, filed a domestic charter for E5 Energy LLC on Sept. 26, 2016.

However, McAllister was quoted by Parker as saying that he didn’t know about Laing’s recent indictment.

“Are you serious? When did this happen?” McAllister said. “I haven’t been able to get a hold of Donnie for a week now. This is all news to me.”

Parker wrote that Secretary of State records show Laing, McAllister and McAllister’s father are no longer listed as agents, managers, or members of the E5 Energy corporation, and that the company was set up to provide equipment rentals in the oil and gas industry.

See here the complete article (subscription required).

In 2017, McAllister was sued by several area banks for alleged unpaid loans.


Former North LA Congressman Implicated in Ponzi Scheme


An unnamed former congressman from North Louisiana has been implicated in a million dollar Ponzi scheme that allegedly defrauded investors by claiming to invest the money in oil and gas equipment.

Donnie Laing, 39, of Youngsville, LA was last week charged with nine counts of wire fraud. He is listed as the sole owner of Capital Energy Investments of Breaux Bridge, LA.

According to the indictment that was filed last week:

It was part of the scheme and artifice to defraud that the defendant, Donnie Laing, Jr., formed a business relationship with “Individual A”, an associate living in northeast Louisiana, who was well-known in the City of Monroe and throughout northeast Louisiana due to his former position as a United States Congressman.

It was further part of the scheme and artifice to defraud that the defendant, Donnie Laing, Jr. enlisted the assistance of “Individual A”, to solicit money from the Ponzi Investors to, among other things, invest in Capital’s purported purchase of oil and gas equipment for use in “fracking” wells.

It was further part of the scheme and artifice to defraud that, in soliciting these monies, Donnie Laing, Jr. falsely and fraudulently represented to the Ponzi Investors that he had contracts and relationships with oil and gas companies that would allow Capital to earn high rates of return by purchasing oil and gas equipment and then leasing such equipment to oil and gas companies engaged in oil and gas exploration activities.

It was further part of the scheme and artifice to defraud that the defendant, Donnie Laing, Jr., did not invest any of the money transferred to him by the Ponzi Investors into the promised investments. Instead, Donnie Laing, Jr., used the Ponzi Investors’ money for his own purposes.

See here the complete document.

A Ponzi scheme is a form of fraud that lures investors and pays profits to earlier investors with funds from more recent investors. The scheme leads victims to believe that profits are coming from product sales or other means, and they remain unaware that other investors are the source of funds.

From the U. S. Attorney’s Office press release:

Laing orchestrated a Ponzi scheme whereby he and a well-known associate in northeast Louisiana, solicited money from multiple investors by falsely promising them high rates of return when they invested with his company, Capital. Laing represented that Capital would use the money to invest in oil and gas equipment, and then lease such equipment to companies engaged in oil and gas exploration activities. Throughout the scheme, Laing submitted false proposals and contracts to the Ponzi investors to persuade them to invest their money with Capital. He also used funds from new investors to make “lulling” payments to his victims to solicit additional monies and to avoid detection. Contrary to his representations, Laing used investor funds for his own purposes.

Detention Center Budgets Proposed


An amended 2019 and proposed 2020 budget for the Lincoln Parish Detention Center were introduced and discussed in this morning’s meeting of the Detention Center Commission at the Lincoln Parish Court House.

The largest change in the 2019 amendment was the removal of revenues (and corresponding expenditures) for the construction of a 100 bed addition to the center.

Originally, the plan was to begin construction this year, but delays have forced the timetable over into 2020.

The addition will allow prisoners who are housed out of parish at extra expense to be housed locally. Considerable savings is expected.

Notable also is the reduction in the jail’s fund balance, a result of the higher construction cost of the new addition.

About $2.8 million of the construction cost is paid for by borrowed money, and the balance of the $3.7 million cost is paid from the jail’s fund balance. Warden Jim Tuten said the new building is expected to be occupied by next November.

Also significant was the estimated sales tax collections for 2019 were about $100 thousand less than projected.

A December 17, 10 AM meeting and public hearing was set for final approval of the budgets.

Local Election Results


State Senator — 35th Senatorial District
116 of 116 precincts reporting – 100%
absentee reporting – 100%
17,894 – James R. “Jim” Fannin (REP) 50%
18,167 – “Jay” Morris (REP) 50%
Total: 36,061 – Unofficial Turnout: 50.0%

Lincoln Parish Police Juror District 1
100% Reporting
Theresa Wyatt (D) – 489 – 58%
Daphne Gallot-Knighten (D) – 360 – 42%

Lincoln Parish Police Juror District 3
100% Reporting
Marvin Franks, Jr. (R) – 796 – 54%
Nicky McCullin (R) – 679 – 46%

Lincoln Parish Police Juror District 4
100% Reporting
T. J. Cranford (R) – 781 – 52%
Randy Roberson (R) – 707 – 48%

Lincoln Parish Police Juror District 5
100% Reporting
Logan Hunt (R) – 1,011 – 58%
Brandon Milner (R) – 733 – 42%

Early Voting Statistics


Early voting statistics for Louisiana’s November 16 gubernatorial runoff show that over 350 thousand voters have cast an early ballot or absentee through yesterday, November 7.

That represents approximately 11.9% of the state’s 2.97 million registered voters.

Approximately 1.36 million total votes were cast in the October 12 primary, about 45.9% of registered voters.

Of those who have voted, 162,249 were registered as Democrat and 138,317 were Republican. Other/No Party votes totaled 52,495.

By race, the vote totals were white 239,139; black 104,228; other 9,694.

See here the complete statistical report from the LA Secretary of State.

Early voting will end tomorrow, Saturday, November 9, 6:00 PM.

Lincoln Parish School Board Tuesday


The Lincoln Parish School Board will meet Tuesday, November 5, 6:00 PM, Central Office, 410 South Farmerville Street.

Here’s the agenda.

Among the reports to be heard will be personnel and financials.

Ruston City Council Tomorrow


Ruston’s Board of Aldermen will meet Monday, November 4, 5:30 PM, Ruston City Hall, 401 North Trenton.

Here is the agenda.

A zoning change for an 81.66 acre tract located at 2000 South Trenton will be considered. Presently, the Ruston Country Club property is zoned residential estates district, and will be rezoned to central parkway sports.

Here are the two pertinent ordinances:

Zoning Ordinance
Ruston 21 Comprehensive Plan

Ruston’s zoning commission had recommended the change last month.

The council will also consider annexation of 26.65 acres into the city. The tract is located on the north side of West Alabama Ave. near the Alabama/Maple intersection.

Here’s the ordinance.

The board will consider approving a resolution authorizing an agreement with American Testing Laboratory for geotechnical, testing, and observation service for phase II of the recreational complex on South Farmerville.

See here the document.

The 2020 meeting dates, times, and place ordinance will be considered.

Here’s the ordinance.