Deep and Wide, there’s a fountain (of information) flowing…New subpoenas issued in Jefferson Parish

Naturally, Val Bracy had the story, Feds widen investigation in Jefferson Parish:
(h/t Fox 8 )

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:

  • Thomassie said during an interview earlier this month that he’s embarrassed and hurt by his name surfacing in connection with a scandal, he says had nothing to do with his work.  “I went to a meeting with Aaron Broussard and Tom Wilkinson and that’s when I was offered a part-time job and they told me ‘you gonna be listed as a paralegal working under Code Enforcement under the direction of Debbie Villio.'”
  • The subpoena asks for everything related to the camera contract, including all communications between Broussard, Whitmer, Wilkinson, council members and their staffs, Wagner, Murphy, the committee that wrote the proposal for the deal and parish contractor Charlotte Burnell…
  • Interim Parish President Steve Theriot also eliminated the $12,000 a year position of part-time Parish Attorney Steve Mortillaro…Mortillaro says former Parish Attorney Tom Wilkinson was his supervisor and that he was not required to come into the office.
  • The feds also asked for employment documents on Kernan “Skip” Hand. Hand was hired by former parish CAO Tim Whitmer last September as an Administrative Hearing Officer…
  • The subpoena also asks for the employment records of Chereen Gegenheimer, an administrative assistant to the parish president who makes $106,000 a year…

Rafael Goyeneche of the Metropolitan Crime Commission gave Bracy her perspective on the latest developments:

“I think that there is a lot of information that the federal authorities already have that they’re pouring through right now and this is just a logical extension of them following up and independently verifying maybe some of the information that was provided to them by various individuals that have first hand knowledge,” said Goyeneche.

“They’re looking at not just the initial three or four names that surfaced but now we’re seeing more and more names,” said Goyeneche.

The subpoena asks for everything related to the camera contract, including all communications between Broussard, Whitmer, Wilkinson, council members and their staffs, Wagner, Murphy, the committee that wrote the proposal for the deal and parish contractor Charlotte Burnell.

Goyeneche told Bracy the feds weren’t “fishing” – which is a safe bet the way a virtual fountain of information is flowing “deep and wide”.

11 thoughts on “Deep and Wide, there’s a fountain (of information) flowing…New subpoenas issued in Jefferson Parish”

  1. Election day is 2 weeks from today, Ms. Villio. Either scrounge up some honor and withdraw from the race (which you likely won’t), or come take your Jay Batt-style beating. Normand, the Cusimanos, et al can only vote once (hopefully). Even someone of the questionable, Alario-laden background like Steve Theriot will not re-hire you in Parish govt. after you lose. Do or die time, Debbie. Check back to this comment on March 28th. I hear Adams & Reese is always looking for politically connected lawyers (and even non-lawyers). Start your job search there.

  2. well, chereen, what goes around really does come back around, eh? this would be very funny if you didn’t victimize so many. hope you get what you have had coming to you for many, many years!!!!

  3. I wonder, if Ms. Gegenheimer, as designated Asst. Administrator responsible for IT, is the person responsible for giving that “anvil” of bogus evidence Mr. Theriot used against AMV ? Or will she have to do battle with Mr. Deano Bonano for who’s responsible of that disgraceful act ? And as we’ve been told by Mr. Theriot, the FEDS have began investigating ” the what’s up about that. ”

    We can rest assured, the FEDS are not going away, are there to stay, while the T-P is on the lay.

  4. I don’t understand where the T-P has been on this story. The T-P was balls out on covering the Meffert story, which pales in comparison to the JP rapidly growing corruption scandal. Is the paper friendly with some of the alleged culprits (Broussard, Heebe, Roberts, Gegenheimer) Are they going to wait until after the election to connect Villio with Wilkerson and the gang of thieves?

    What about wwl? Their coverage has been minimal. Is wwl still employing Trahan who apparently was involved in payroll fraud at the taxpayer’s expense?

    Thank you Val Bracey for your continued effort to expose the widespread political corruption in this community.

  5. Clubber, what your predicition for the fight ? “Pain”

    “Dead meat”

    “Hey little lady, why don’t you come over to my place and I’ll show you what a real man looks like.”

    My all time favorite Rocky movie.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *