UNITED STATES ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
United States Attorney Donald W. Washington
Western District of Louisiana
United States Courthouse • 300 Fannin Street, Suite 3201 • Shreveport, Louisiana 71101-3068 • (318) 676-3600
United States Courthouse • 800 Lafayette Street, Suite 2200 • Lafayette, Louisiana 70501-7206 • (337) 262-6618
For Immediate Release Contact: Donald W. Washington (337-262-6618)
March 2, 2009 William J. Flanagan (318-676-3600)
BOSSIER PARISH SCHOOL BOARD EMPLOYEE PLEADS GUILTY TO DEFRAUDING BOSSIER PARISH
Shreveport, Louisiana : William Montgomery “Mont” Rodes, Jr., 29, of Benton, La., one of six defendants indicted
in December for defrauding the Bossier Parish School Board in connection with the purchase and maintenance of
air conditioning systems, has pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud, United States Attorney Donald W.
Washington announced today. Rodes was employed by the Bossier Parish School Board in the Maintenance
Department as a Filter Crew Leaderman. The guilty plea was entered before United States District Judge S.
Maurice Hicks, Jr. Sentencing is set for June 17, 2009 at 1:30 p.m.
Co-defendants Randy Johnston and Mark Rowe, also employed by the School Board, and codefendants Alan
Victor Lee and Garrett Gene Wilson, co-owners of Ark-La-Tex Air Repair, Inc., have previously pleaded guilty to
one count of mail fraud each and will be sentenced in May 2009. Ark-La-Tex Air Repair, Inc. pleaded guilty to
conspiracy to commit mail fraud. The corporation itself was named in last month’s indictment, and the corporation’s
guilty plea will facilitate the forfeiture of corporate assets that are proceeds of the crime.
The scheme to defraud involves Ark-La-Tex Repair, Inc. and approximately $8.6 million worth of air conditioning
contracts from the School Board between 2004 and 2008. During this same time, Rodes, Johnston and Rowe
admitted that they falsely certified that the proper equipment was in place and failed to cond