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St. Joseph Mayor versus LA Ethics Board

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ST. JOSEPH, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The town of St. Joseph in Tensas Parish may have another issue on it's hands.

With two lawsuits against the town regarding a gas line and another filed by the Parish Coroner, now Mayor Edward L. Brown may face another suit from the Louisiana Ethics Board.

This latest issue deals with Mayor Brown's run for sheriff of Tensas Parish back in 2011. After the election, campaign expenditures must be submitted to the Ethics Administration by February 2012. Brown's report was filed 14 days late, and the fine is $60 per day late.

He filed a waiver to not pay the $840 fine, but the board unanimously declined it in September of 2013.

After multiple letters were sent and phone calls not returned, the Board of Ethics filed a petition in Tensas Parish. It orders the city to answer a series of questions, and begin garnishing 25% of the mayor's wage until the bill to the board is paid in full.

The petition gives the town 15 days to do so, before taking further legal action, but those 15 days, have come and gone.

We reached out to the town and to Brown to see what steps were being taken at this point, but again, our questions have gotten no responses.

Added to the list, this makes four cases that could bring Mayor Brown to the courtroom.

No court dates have been set in any of the cases at this time.

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