Federal investigators are digging deeper into the scandal in Jefferson Parish. The feds sent two subpoenas requiring the parish to turn over extensive information on the red light cameras as well as payroll discrepancies first reported by FOX 8.
Federal prosecutors want employment records for two current Jefferson Parish employees and four whose jobs were eliminated after the parish uncovered what could possibly be payroll fraud.
Earlier this year, after a Fox 8 Investigates report revealed payroll discrepancies in the Parish Attorney’s Office, the parish eliminated the positions of Sportscaster Ken Trahan, Karen Parker, who is the ex-wife of Aaron Broussard, and Constable Tony Thomassie.
Bracy’s story is so packed with details that it’s difficult to summarize – so I’ll give you a sample and you can follow the link for more details:
Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Gray H. Miller: RE-ARRAIGNMENT held on 3/12/2010. William Hugh Sibley (5) waived the reading of the Indictment and pled Guilty to Count 1. Plea agreement executed and entered. Order for presentence investigation entered. Sentencing set 6/4/2010 at 10:00 a.m. Appearances: Claude Daniel Hippard, James Phillip Manasseh.(Court Reporter: B.Slavin) Deft continued on Bond, filed.(rkonieczny) (Entered: 03/12/2010)
Chip did his usual good job spotlighting the significant points in the decision and his post in total is below. However, he didn’t mention the name of the judge and – call it a side-effect of my exposure to the corruption in Jefferson Parish and the pending impeachment of Thomas Porteous- but, nowadays, that’s the first thing I want to know about a Louisiana court decision. If you follow the link to the case as I did, you’ll find this victory for justice credited to one of the truly Honorable federal district judges in the Eastern District of Louisiana, Carl J. Barbier.
In Louisiana, the answer is probably “yes.” The FC&S pondered this question in its March 2010 Dec Page report titled, “Recovery Under Flood Policy and Homeowners Policy?” The highlighted case was Lightell v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 2009 WL 4505942 (E.D.La. 2009). The article noted the significant facts and issues as follows:
The insured suffered property damage due to the wind and flood caused by Hurricane Katrina. They collected partial payment of their policy limits from both the homeowners and flood insurance policies. Believing that the payments were not indicative of the extent of the actual damage to the home, the insured filed a lawsuit against the insurers. State Farm, the homeowners insurer, filed a motion for summary judgment.
State Farm asserted that the insured is estopped from recovery related to wind claims because he previously alleged that he was entitled to flood policy limits due to the total destruction of the property. And, the insurer said that the insured has the burden of proving the damage was caused by wind (a covered loss) as opposed to flood (not covered).
After a six-hour drive, I was ready to call it a day when I pulled in my driveway this evening – but that was before I checked email and found a thoughtful reader had sent a link to the Newsweek story, Big Easy Money: In Louisiana, the nation’s most corrupt state, fraud is just good entertainment.
In the wake of New York Gov. David Paterson’s latest scandal, The Economist said “Dysfunctional Albany … is frequently cited as the nation’s worst state government—a title for which there is intense competition.”
We at NEWSWEEK are fans of competition, so seven of our staffers made the case for states with which they’re intimately familiar. Here Newsweek.com foreign editor Adam Kushner argues for his home state of Louisiana.
The challenge for my home state of Louisiana is not how to prove its mettle in the corruption stakes, but how to compress, into a few homely paragraphs, a raft of evidence that would crash your browser…
Follow the link and read the full story with Newsweek’s version of the picture.