Incident 12-0699

LIBERTY, January 30, 2018 - Incident# 12-0669
TAYLOR, K
INITIAL REPORT
1. On Tuesday Ju ly 3, 2012, Lieutenant KC TAYLOR met with Judge CHAP CAIN Ill in his office
located in the Liberty County Courthouse at 1923 Sam Houston Liberty Texas regarding a complaint of
Misuse of Official Information.
2. Judge Cain advised that sometime between January 28, 201 O and, February 1, 2010 mail addressed
to the 253rd District Judge Chap Cain was stolen, tampered with and, copied in the Liberty County
Courthouse.
3. Judge Cain stated that the illegally obtained copy was faxed from a Beaumont Texas FedEx office
on February 25, 2010 in what he believes was an attempt to harm his re-election campaign.
4. During the the time frame of the mail tampering Judge CAIN was holding court in Chambers County.
5. On January 27, 2010, the law office of REAUD, MORGAN, & QUINN sent a campaign contribution to
Judge Cain for $6500.00, which is $500.00 over the maximum allowed.
6, Judge Cain stated that sometime between January ·2a, 2010 and February 1, 2010 his mail was
tampered with by persons believed to be LISA FREGIA and /or the then County Judge PHIL
FITZGERALD.
7. Judge Cain was later told that P FITZGERALD gave a copy of the stolen mail to Attorney M
BEAUS OU EL.
8. On January 28, 20 10, Judge Cain filed the 30th day before the election Campaign Finance Report.
9. This report did not contain the contribution from REAUD, MORGAN, & QUINN because it was still in
the mail room and the Judge had been in Chambers County.
10. On February 1, 2010, Judge CAIN and staff return to Liberty County, and the mail is picked up from
the mail room which contains the check from REAUD, MORGAN & QUINN for $6500.00.
11. Judge CAIN makes contact with REAUD , MORGAN & QUINN and they agree to prepare another
check for $6000.00.
12. Judge CAIN drove to Beaumont Texas and returned the $6500.00 check and picked up a check for
$6000.00.
13. On February 22, 2010, Judge Cain electronically filed his 8th day before election Campaign
Finance Report which included the contribution for $6000.00 from REAUD, MORGAN & QUINN.
14. On February 25, 2010, at approximately 2:59 pm LIZ BEAU SOLi EL faxed a letter and copies of
Judge CAIN's mail to numerous elected officials and members of the media from a Beaumont FedEx
Office. L BEAUSOLIEL is married to M BEAUSOLIEL who both contributed $1000.00 to MICHELLE
MANGUM-MERENDINO Judge CAIN's opponent in the election. '
15. The fax letter stated in part:
" ... It is obvious from this information that Judge CAIN received a campaign contribution from a
law firm for $6500.00 . That amount is $500.00 more than the cap allowed by law for District Judges.
The real problem , and consequently , the lie from Judge CAIN is what he reported on his campaign
finance form. He lists the contribution from the law fi rm as being only $6000.00 an amount that is obviously complying with the law, but not the amount actually received."
16. The letter continued and demanded that Judge Cain answer questions.
"My intent is for every elected official, especially this one, to stop lying to the public, play by the
rules everyone else has to comply with and take responsibility for his actions. He needs to be held
accountably and answer questions regarding the truth.
17. Judge CAIN provided Lt. KC TAYLOR with a typed copy of a document titled MEMO, which
contains the events mention as well as other information believed to be important to this investigation. obviously complying with the law, but not the amount actually received."
16. The letter continued and demanded that Judge Cain answer questions.
"My intent is for every elected official, especially this one, to stop lying to the public, play by the
rules everyone else has to comply with and take responsibility for his actions. He needs to be held
accountably and answer questions regarding the truth.
17. Judge CAIN provided Lt. KC TAYLOR with a typed copy of a document titled MEMO, which
contains the events mention as well as other information believed to be important to this investigation.

Incident# 12-0669 (1)
FAIRCHILD, C
1. On 6/26/2012 Lt. PHILIP FAIRCHILD met with Chief BILLY TIDWELL in reference to case
assignment.
2. Chief TIDWELL explained that Judge CHAP CAIN had called him to his office and advised that
he wanted to report a crime which he believed was committed against him. Chief TIDWELL stated that
by the information provided by Judge CAIN he believed there had been a crime committed and the
police department needed to investigate it.
3. Chief TIDWELL assigned investigation to Capt. GARY MARTIN, and Lt. FAIRCHILD. Chief
TIDWELL assigned Lt. KENNETH TAYLOR to go meet with Judge CAIN and take the initial report. It
was also determined that no other employees were to be involved in the investigation, because of the
suspects in this case.
4. On 7 /3/2012 Lt. TAYLOR met with Judge CAIN and took the initial report.
5. On approx. 7/9/2012 Capt. MARTIN and Lt. FAIRCHILD met in reference to this case. They
went through the penal code, reviewing statute and definitions. It was believed at that time that 39.06
of the Penal Code had been violated as described in the complaint from Judge CAIN.
6. Capt. MARTIN and Lt. FAIRCHILD reviewed three copies of Reporter Certified Depositions
taken on 2/14/2011. The people being question in the deposition were MARK BEAUSOLEIL W/M
D.O.B. EVELYN DIANE HARTFIELD W/F D.O.B. , and LISA MICHELLE
FREGIA W/F 0.0.B .•••
7. The following is a synopsis only of the 43 page deposition of MARK BEAUSOLEIL. For exact
dictation the deposition should be reviewed. During this deposition Mr. BEAUSOLEIL asserted his fifth
amendment rights, spousal privilege, or attorney client privilege approx. 29 different times.
a.) The questioning started with Mr. BEAUSOLEIL describing his job as a lawyer and saying
that he worked from approx. 1998 to May or June of 2007 as Assistant County Attorney.
b.) Then they asked Mr. BEAUSOLEIL about working with Judge PHIL FITZGERALD and
what kind of relationship they had. Mr. BEAUSOLEIL said that he worked with Mr. FITZGERALD on
county matters.
c.) Mr. BEAUSOLEIL if Ms. HARTFIELD, or Ms. FREGIA should have any ill fillings towards
him. Mr. BEAUSOLEIL said not that he was aware of. Mr. BEAUSOLEIL said that he did not ever
have a close working relationship with either.
d.) Mr. BEAUSOLEIL then was asked a series of questions in reference to giving Ms. FREGIA
a payment of $20000 for legal referral. Mr. BEAUSOLEIL asserted his Fifth Amendment Privilege
many times.
e.) Mr. BEAUSOLEIL did confirm later that there was a system in the County Attorney's Office
to share fees when conducting private business in the office.
f.) Mr. BEAUSOLEIL was later asked questions about selling a house to Ms. FREGIA, which
he confirmed did happen.
g.) Mr. BEAUSOLEIL was asked about a letter being removed, or copied from the mail room in
reference to Judge CHAP CAIN. Mr. BEAUSOLEIL said that he had no knowledge of that. He then
chose to assert his fifth amendment privilege when asked if he had received anything from Mr.
FITZGERALD, he chose to assert his fifth amendment privilege and pretty much continued the use of
that privilege the rest of the deposition.
8. The following is a synopsis only of the 73 page deposition of EVELYN DIANE HARTFIELD.
For exact dictation the deposition should be reviewed.

a.) Ms. HARTFIELD was originally asked if she had knowledge of Mr. BEAUSOLEIL being
involved in settling a large case, however didn't have any first hand knowledge.
b.) Ms. HARTFIELD was asked about Ms. FREGIA receiving any money from Mr.
BEAUSOLEIL. Ms. HARTFIELD said that she was aware because Ms. FREGIA had an envelope
which had $20000 cash in it. Ms. HARTFIELD said that Ms. FREGIA said that was money from the
lawsuit.
c.) Ms. HARTFIELD also stated during questioning that she had helped Ms. FREGIA count the
money that was in the envelope, and it was $20000 in cash.
d.) The questioning in reference to the lawsuit and money, went on for quite a while, with no
changes in answers.
e.) Ms. HARTFIELD was then asked about a fax that came through to the courthouse. She
advised that she was aware of the fax.
f.) Ms. HARTFIELD stated during this line of questioning that she had gone in the mail room
one day and Ms. FREGIA and Mr. FITZGERALD were in there. Ms. HARTFIELD stated that they
talked about a letter that came through to Judge CAIN from law firm.
g.) Ms. HARTFIELD also stated that Mr. FITZGERALD had her lookup and print out campaign
contributions, as well as the law about how much law firms could give judges.
h.) Ms. HARTFIELD said that when she took the copy of the laws to Mr. FITZGERALD, she
begin to explain what the law said, but said she didn't remember amount of check. Ms. HARTFIELD
said that is when Mr. FITZGERALD, said "well I have a copy"
i.) Ms. HARTFIELD said she told Mr. FITZGERALD that if he did anything with that, it would
cause problems for Ms. FREGIA, since she was over the mail room.
j.) Ms. HARTFIELD said that she did see a copy of the envelope approx. a month later she
seen a copy of the envelope on Mr. FITZGERALD's desk.
k.) Ms. HARTFIELD said that a fax came later, which included the law, which she believed to
be the same she printed out, and a copy of the envelope which Mr. FITZGERALD had.
1.) Ms. HARTFIELD said that after that she seen Mr. FITZGERALD go to the county attorney's
office.
m.) Ms. HARTFIELD said that she was present when Ms. FREGIA asked Mr. FITZGERALD
about the fax. Mr. FITZGERALD said that he didn't have anything to do with faxing it and that was all
he was going to say about it.
9. The following is a synopsis only of the 77 page deposition of USA MICHELLE FREGIA. For
exact dictation the deposition should be reviewed.
a.) The first part of the deposition was about Ms. FREGIA's job at the courthouse, how she lost
her job at the courthouse.
b.) Ms. FREGIA said that she was not aware of the practice the county attorney's office had
about paying referral fees to courthouse employees that would bring them cases.
c.) Ms. FREGIA was then asked several questions about receiving $20000. Ms. FREGIA
denied ever getting any money like that.
d.) There was a break requested by Ms. FREGIA so she could speak with her attorney.
e.) Ms. FREGIA then answered the questions again about the $20000. Ms. FREGIA had
different answers then she originally gave. She said that she did receive the money, in a manilla
envelope. She said that the money came from a referral that she made to the county attorney's office.
f.) The deposition continued with several more questions about the money and what was done
with it.
g.) Ms. FREGIA was questioned about the letter which came to Judge CAIN. Ms. FREGIA
said that she seen the letter while sorting mail, and the amount of the check inside could be seen in the
window of the envelope.
h.) Ms. FREGIA said that she showed the letter to Mr. FITZGERALD because she recognized
it was a large sum of money and it had came from the law firm which she knew.
1.) Ms. FREGIA said she did not know how the envelope got copied, but did know there were
copy machines in about every office, including Mr. FITZGERALD's.
j.) Ms. FREGIA stated that the next she knew of the letter is when Mr. FITZGERALD came to
her office and told her about receiving fax. Ms. FREGIA said that Mr. FITZGERALD gave the letter to
County Attorney WES HINCH.
k.) Ms. FREGIA said that on March 4th is when she found out that part of the fax was the
envelope which she had showed Mr. FITZGERALD.
I.) Ms. FREGIA said that she confronted Mr. FITZGERALD and asked him if he knew who
faxed it, and he told her he had a good idea, but never told her who he thought.
m.)Ms. FREGIA said that she talked to MARK BEAUSOLEIL and asked him about what Mr.
FITZGERALD gave him. Mr. BEAUSOLEIL stated that Mr. FITZGERALD had given him papers which
included copy of envelope, finance report, and law in reference to campaign contribution .
n.) Ms. FREGIA said she asked who prepared the letter and who faxed it. BEAUSOLEIL said
that he didn't know who typed letter or did the faxing of the letter.
10. A copy of dispositions are attached to this report.
11. On 7/17/2012 Lt. FAIRCHILD and Capt. MARTIN met with Ms. HARTFIELD at the Liberty
Police Dept. to conduct a non-custodial interview. This interview was audio recorded by Lt.
FAIRCHILD by use of an electronic digital recorder. The following is a synopsis only of that interview.
For exact dictation the CD should be referred to.
a.) During this interview it was established that Ms. HARTFIELD worked in the County Judges
Office for Liberty County. Ms. HARTFIELD advised that Mr. FITZGERALD was her boss during his
tenure there as judge.
b.) Ms. HARTFIELD was consistent with her answers; compared to the deposition she had
previously given.
c.) Ms. HARTFIELD said that she worked with Ms. FREGIA.
d.) In reference to the mail, Ms. HARTFIELD stated that she had walked into the mail room
and Ms. FREGIA, and Mr. FITZGERALD were in there. Ms. HARTFIELD said that Ms. FREGIA
showed her the envelope and you was able to read the $6500 in the window without much effort.
e.) Ms. HARTFIELD said that the next time she seen the envelope, was a copy which Mr.
FITZGERALD had on his desk. Ms. HARTFIELD asked him what he was doing with it, and told him that
would get Ms. FREGIA in trouble if it got out.
f.) Ms. HARTFIELD stated that Mr. FITZGERALD had her look up information on campaign
reports and laws on contributions. She stated she gave that information to Mr. FITZGERALD.
g.) Ms. HARTFIELD said that the fax came in and she seen documents that she had provided
were attached to it.
h.) Ms. HARTFIELD then talked about the $20000 that was in a manilla envelope. She said
that she did help count it, and was aware that it came from a referral that came through County
Attorney's Office.
i.) Ms. HARTFIELD stated that she used to be friends with Ms. FREGIA, however she had lost
that friendship, she believes it was because of her testimony in depositions.
j.) Ms. HARTFIELD stated that she did not know who, faxed the letter, nor did she know who
set it up.
12. The above interview is attached to this report.
13. On 7/17/2012 Lt. FAIRCHILD went to the Liberty County Courthouse and met with IVAN
PIERCE, who is the senior investigator with the District Attorney's Office. Lt. FAIRCHILD requested
that Mr. PIERCE give him the information that they had obtained.
14. On 7/18/2012 Lt. FAIRCHILD, Lt. TAYLOR met with Asst. County Attorney KAREN MCNAIR at
the Liberty Police Dept..
15. Ms. MCNAIR was able to provide a copy of the first check, and a copy of the second check.
Ms. MCNAIR also had prepared a timeline of events in reference to court rulings, sale of house from
Beausoleil, to Fregia, and amounts of settlement from law suit. There is also the fax that was sent
through on 2/25/2010.
16. These documents are scanned into this report.
17. On 7/18/2012 Chief TIDWELL, Capt. MARTIN, and Lt. FAIRCHILD met with Federal Agent
STACY HEPHNER. She was the lead investigator who had investigated other Liberty County Issues,
that came from the 2008 Hurricane.
18. Ms. HEPHNER explained that during this investigation the the mail room issue came up as well
as the referral money from BEAUSOLEIL to FREGIA.
19. Ms. HEPHNER explained that she had worked with a Federal Mail Agent. RICK PERRY and
the events that took place taking mail from mail room did not fit the Federal Statute. Ms. HEPHNER
explained that she had passed the information back to Texas Ranger FRANK HUFF and advised them
that they should follow up on state level because Federal Statute did not fit.
20. Ms. HEPHNER advised officers that she had received a copy of credit card information that
was used to pay for faxing the letter out. She stated that the information on the credit card, was that it
belonged to ELIZABETH BEAUSOLEIL. Ms. HEPHNER stated that she also had a DVD which
showed Ms. BEAUSOLEIL faxing the letter.
21. Ms. HEPHNER provided a copy of a memorandum of activity, which she had written after
talking to MICHELE MERENDINO on 4/29/2010. The memorandum is attached to this case. A
synopsis is that Ms. HEPHNER talked to Ms. MERENDINO and Ms. MERENDINO told her that Mr.
BEAUSOLEIL called her during the week of February 22nd and told her that he had obtained a copy of
the letter from Mr. FITZGERALD they were going to fax it out. Ms. MERENDINO said that he even told
her that his wife wrote the cover letter for the fax. Ms. MERENDINO said that she did not agree with
what they were doing and didn't have any involvement in it. For exact dictation, see attachment.
22. Ms. HEPHNER provided a copy of a memorandum of activity, which she had written after
talking to MARK BEAUSOLEIL on 4/12/2012. The following is a synopsis only of that memorandum
which is attached to this report. Mr. BEAUSOLEIL stated that he had heard of the issue about the mail
belonging to Chap Cain Ill, however he did not go to the courthouse often so he was not aware of the
details. Mr. BEAUSOLEIL said that he was surprised that his wife ELIZABETH BEAUSOLEIL would
be involved in the faxing. This was after he was informed that she appeared to be the one on the video
at Fedex Kinko's in Beaumont. BEAUSOLEIL said that someone had slipped a copy of the paperwork
which was the same as the paperwork received in the fax, excluding the cover letter. Mr.
BEAUSOLEIL stated that his wife must have taken the papers from his desk without his knowledge.
He speculated that she was upset because Judge CAIN has swapped political parties. Mr.
BEAUSOLEIL stated that had problems with Judge CAIN because of a referall he made for a client.
Mr. BEAUSOLEIL advised Ms. HEPHNER that he had additional information that would help the
investigation, provided he received certain assurances.
23. Ms. HEPHNER provided a copy of memorandum of activity, which she had written after talking
to MICHELLE MERENDINO on March 4th, 2010. The following is a synopsis only of that
memorandum, for exact dictation, the memorandum which is attached to this report should be
reviewed. Ms. MERENDINO stated that Mr. FITZGERALD had shown her and Ms. FREGIA a letter
that morning, which was identical to the one Ms. HEPHNER showed her. Ms. MERENDINO said that
prior to that she had never seen a copy of the mail, or any of the letters attached to it. Ms.
MERENDINO said that Ms. FREGIA told her that Mr. FITZGERALD was present when the letters came
in to Judge CAIN and did see the envelope containing the check. Ms. MERENDINO said that Judge
FITZGERALD not to worry about it because anyone could get in the mail room and nothing could be
proven against either of them.
24. Ms. HEPHNER provided a copy of memorandum of activity, which she had written after talking
to DIANE HARTFIELD on April 30th, 2010. The following is a synopsis only of that memorandum, for
exact dictation the memorandum should be reviewed. Ms. HARTF!ELDS statement to Ms. HEPHNER
is consistent with interviews, and depositions that were previously reported in this report. She claims
having printing out information for Mr. FITZGERALD and seeing a copy of the Judge CAIN mail on his
desk.
25. On 7/19/2012 Lt. FAIRCHILD met with Mr. PIERCE and received a copy of the DVD which
they had obtained through subpoena on April 1st 2010. Mr. PIERCE explained that this DVD was the
second one they had obtained, because the first one which he picked up on March 1st, 2010 did not
play. This one was received through FED EX. A copy of the package, the CD, Subpoena, and
Property Release are attached to this report.
26. Lt. FAIRCHILD reviewed the video, which appeared to be the same video he previously
reviewed when Ms. HEPHNER was asking for assistance in identifying the person on the video at
FEDEX Kinko's in Beaumont. The video shows Ms. ELIZABETH BEAUSOLEIL who Lt. FAIRCHILD
has had many professional encounters with through the last several years. He was able to identify the
subject in the video as Ms. BEAUSOLEIL.
27. On 7/23/2012 Lt. FAIRCHILD and Capt. MARTIN conducted a non-custodial interview with Ms.
MERENDINO at the liberty Police Dept .. This interview was audio recorded by use of a digital
recorder. The following is a synopsis only of that interview, for exact dictation, the CD should be
reviewed.
a.) Lt. FAIRCHILD started the interview by introduction of why the interview was being
conducted. Ms. MERENDINO was very cooperative and glad to be interviewed.
b.) During the interview Ms. MERENDINO said that her and Ms. FREGIA's friendship was less
then what it previously was, however Ms. MERENDINO had no information that Ms. FREGIA copied, or
had anything to do with sending the letter out.
c.) Ms. MERENDINO did say that prior to the election in which she ran against Judge CAIN
she received a call from Mr. BEAUSOLEIL saying that he had information that they were going to send
out. She explained the information to be the envelope which came from the mail room showing that
Judge CAIN had not reported his campaign contributions correctly.
d.) Ms. MERENDINO said that she asked Mr. BEAUSOLEIL when he got the information from
and he said Mr. FITZGERALD.
e.) Ms. MERENDINO said that she did not want the information distributed as they were
explaining. She said it was then that Mr. BEAUSOLEIL begin to change his story and act like he didn't
know where he got the information.
f.) Ms. MERENDINO said that she did not have any involvement, nor support any involvement
in sending the information out in regards to Judge CAIN'S mail.
28. On 7/26/2012 Lt. FAIRCHILD and Capt. MARTIN went to the TODD FONTENOT
residence/office on FM 160 in Raywood to interview LISA FREGIA. This interview was audio recorded
by use of digital recorder. The following is a synopsis only of that interview, for exact dictation, the CD
should be reviewed.
a.) Lt. FAIRCHILD started the interview by telling Ms. FREGIA the reason for the interview.
b.) Ms. FREGIA started by saying that she would be very vague, quick overview.
c.) Ms. FREGIA said that she was over the mail room, she put the mail up, said Mr.
FITZGERALD was in the room at the time she seen it. She noticed it was a check for $6500 and who it
was from. She mentioned it to Phil, and he looked at the check and said oh.
d.) She said that she later seen one to Judge HIGHT for the same amount and later went and
told Mr. FITZGERALD. She said that was the last she heard of it.
e.) She said the next time she heard anything was when an investigation going on, and Ms.
HARTFIELD told her that she had seen Mr. FITZGERALD with a copy of the check.
f.) Ms. FREGIA said that she went to talk to Mr. BEAUSOLEIL and asked him, because she
heard he was involved. Ms. FREGIA said that Mr. BEAUSOLEIL told her that he got his copy from Mr.
FITZGERALD.
g.) Ms. FREGIA said that she didn't know any of the laws related to campaign contributions,
therefore wouldn't know if the law was broken.
h.) She said that the only way she knew about Mr. BEAUSOLEIL being involved is because
County Attorney WES HINCH told her there was a video, they knew who was on the video, and who
was on it. She said Mr. HINCH told her not to worry about it.
i.) Ms. FREGIA said she did not know who made the copy of the envelope.
j.) She said she did confront Mr. FITZGERALD and he never gave her an explanation.
k.) She said she didn't understand why anyone would do this.
I.) Ms. FREGIA stated that the only people she knew that Mr. FITZGERALD was involved
because he told her he had copy of envelope, Mr. BEAUSOLEIL told her her he got copy from Mr.
FITZGERALD, and Mr. HINCH told her that Ms. BEAUSOLEIL was on the video and thats the only way
she knew.
m.) Ms. FREGIA said that she did make reference to the envelope in the mail room and
maybe she was wrong for that, but she had no other involvement.
29. On 8/3/2012 Lt. FAIRCHILD observed an audio/video taped interview which was conducted by
Chief TIDWELL at the Liberty Police Dept.. Chief Tidwell has done a supplement which is included in
this report.
30. On 8/22/2012 Lt. FAIRCHILD called ELIZABETH BEAUSOLEIL and requested her to come
talk to officers in reference to this case. Ms. BEAUSOLEIL said that she had family coming in, however
she would call the following day to set up an appointment. Ms. BEAUSOLEIL never called back. The
original call was recorded and is ·attached to this report.
31 . On 8/28/2012 Lt. FAIRCHILD and Capt. MARTIN went to MARK BEAUSOLEIL's office on
Monta St. in the City of Liberty to conduct an interview. This interview was audio recorded with a digital
recorder. The following is a synopsis only of that interview, for exact dictation the CD should be
reviewed.
a.) The interview was started by Lt. FAIRCHILD explaining what the investigation was about.
Mr. BEAUSOLEIL became very defensive and said that he wasn't talking without his attorney present.
b.) Mr. BEAUSOLEIL then begin to question who assigned the case to Lt. FAIRCHILD, and
Capt. MARTIN. He said that CHAP CAIN was involved and this had already been hashed out at the
federal level.
c.) Mr. BEAUSOLEIL said that he didn't think the City of Liberty had any jurisdiction to be
investigating the case.
d.) Then Mr. BEAUSOLEIL without question said "this is what I'll tell you, the only thing I'm
going to tell you, and the only thing you really need to know". Mr. BEAUSOLEIL went on to say without
question that the only thing he had was a copy of an envelope that he received from Mr. FITZGERALD
in Mr. FITZGERALD's office. Mr. BEAUSOLEIL said he has never touched an original document.
e.) Mr. BEAUSOLEIL said this was just a push by CHAP CAIN to use some legal grounds to
stir stuff up.
f.) Mr. BEAUSOLEIL said that he and his wife would not talk until they consulted with their
attorney's. Lt. FAIRCHILD asked him to give him a call if they decided they needed to talk.
32. On 8/28/2012 Chief TIDWELL and Lt. FAIRCHILD met with County Attorney WES HINCH in
reference to this case. This meeting was not recorded. Synopsis of meeting is that Mr. HINCH said
that he heard only of the mail being copied, after the fax had came through. He said that he
remembered the fax appeared to be addressed to him and copied to others. Mr. HINCH stated that he
had written a letter to the Attorney General asking for assistance on this, along with other cases.

Incident # 12-0669 (2)
FAIRCHILD, C
INTAKE OF CASE TO PROSECUTOR
1. On 10/3/2012 Chief BILLY TIDWELL was summoned to Grand Jury in reference to this case.
While awaiting entry into jury Attorney LARRY EASTEPP who had been assigned the case said that
there would be no presentation on that day, until he had a chance to review case.
2. Chief TIDWELL gave Mr. LARRY EASTEPP a copy of the case.
3. On 10/31/2012 ChiefTIDWELL, Lt. FAIRCHILD, met with Mr. LARRY EASTEPP, his
investigator TIM SMITH, and Judge CHAP CAIN .
4. Mr. LARRY EASTEPP said that he did not feel the case fit portions of the statute and did not
believe he would prosecute the case. After discussion Mr. LARRY EASTEPP agreed to take another
look at the case, and would get back with others if he felt he could prosecute the case.
5. Chief TIDWELL had Mr. LARRY EASTEPP sign a DA Intake Report indicating that he had
received a copy of the case. That is scanned in and attached to this report.
End of Report
REPORTING OFFICER: PHILIP FAIRCHILD DATE: 11/1/2012 TIME: 7:45 a.

Supplemental Report
Case Number 12-0669
1. On June 6, 2012, Chief BILLY TIDWELL, Liberty Pollce Department, was contacted by 2s3rd
District Judge CHAP CAIN who asked if TIDWELL could come to the courthouse and visit.
2. TIDWELL met with CAIN in the 253rd courtroom where CAIN explained an Incident In whlch an
envelope In his courthouse mall was copied and later sent to a number of people alleging Illegal
campaign contributions.
3. CAIN stated he received a check from Reaud, Morgan, and Quinn In January or February of 2010.
In the window of the check the written number Six Thousand Five Hundred was visible.
However, In the top portion where the number was written was the amount of $6000.00.
4. According to CAIN, LISA FREGIA, DIANE HARTFIELD, and County Judge PHIL FITZGERALD were In
the mail room when FREGIA showed the check to FITZGERALD. CAIN stated that at some point
after that someone made a copy of the front of the envelope showing the amount.
5. CAIN stated after he got the check and realized the amount was more than he could legally
accept the contact the law firm and they made him a new correct check which he deposited and
recorded on his campaign finance report.
6. CAIN stated that it is alleged that LIZ BEAU, not realizing CAIN had corrected the amount of
check error, then sent out faxes with a the copy of the envelope, campaign law, and other Items
alleglng CAIN had committed a felony by accepting the money.
7. CAIN provided TIDWELL with copies of depositions from MARK BEAU, DIANE HARTFIELD, and
LISA FREGIA that were taken with regard to a lawsuit pending against MARK BEAU.
8. On July 3, 2012, after reviewing the material and determining there was reason to believe,
TIDWELL requested Lt. KENNETH TAYLOR take an offense report from Judge CAIN In order to
initiate an Investigation.
Biiiy Tidwell, 8-23-12

Supplemental Report
Case Number 12-0669
1. On 8-3-12 Chief BILLY TIDWELL conducted an interview with PHIL FITZGERALD at the Liberty
Police Department. FITZGERALD was invited to the Police Department for the interview by
Tidwell. He was not in custody and was allowed to leave upon completion of the interview.
2. This report is a synopsis of the interview. Complete and specific dictation of the interview can
be obtained by viewing the DVD recorded during the interview.
3. FITZGERALD stated he looked at the check with the $6500 number written out on the front of
the check.
4. FITZGERALD stated a copy of the check later appeared on his desk as well as a copy of a similar
one sent to Judge RUSTY HIGHT.
5. FITZGERALD stated he gave a copy of the check to MARK BEAUSOLEIL in FITZGERALD's office.
6. FITZGERALD stated the faxed copy he later received was the same as the one he had given to
MARK BEAUSOLEIL.
Billy Tidwell, 8-23-12

 
 
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