I’ve done more than a few posts on the topic of Trout Point Lodge since it first appeared on the pages of the Times Picayune back in January 2010. I’ll be honest and say I still have no clue why the powers that be at the Times Picayune sold out their own reporter and retracted a factually correct story but I’ve grown accustomed to seeing strange things in the media in New Orleans so I simply accept the “what is” there. In a way this is a simple story that had the twist of a controlling grifter in Vaughn Perret mixed into the middle of the narrative. Vaughn is a literal one trick pony in how he deals with people of making threats and more threats of legal action whenever the PR doesn’t go his way. A great way to begin would be to link the Channel 4 story on the ethics complaint made against Aaron Broussard as reported back in January 2010 but I was a stinker to prove the extent to which the NOLA media is compromised on reporting in Jefferson Parish so we must go back on Twitter to August 18 where I teased the girls at Trout Point:
— Slabbed New Media (@SlabbedNewMedia) August 18, 2011
Knowing Charles Leary and/or Vaughn Perret have Eric Paulsen on speed dial I also printed a copy for my records as I was fairly certain WWL would “404” the story as soon as the girls bitched (and they dutifully complied) so it is there we begin with the story Crime watchdog seeks ethics probe into Broussard business dealings: (fair use claimed):
The Metropolitan Crime Commission is asking the Louisiana ethics board to determine if Jefferson Parish president Aaron Broussard has violated the state ethics code.
In a letter to the ethics administration, the Crime Commission questions whether it was proper for Broussard to solicit business for Lagniappe Industries, the insurance firm owned by his former chief administrative officer, Tim Whitmer, and to accept $5,000 for legal work he has acknowledged doing for Lagniappe.
In addition, MCC president Rafael Goyeneche calls for the crime commission to determine if Broussard profited from parish contractors using a vacation lodge the parish president and his wife own in Nova Scotia.
“We’re asking the ethics administration to determine if Mr. Broussard enriched himself by inviting or encouraging any of these potential parish vendors to go up there and utilize his property or invest in his property,” Goyeneche told Eyewitness News on Thursday.
In a separate matter, since records reveal Broussard has accepted hundreds of state court appointments since 2004 to represent people involved in lawsuits whom the court can’t find, Goyeneche questions if Broussard considers his position as parish president a part time job .
“Where he can devote time to a legal practice that not only involves Lagniappe Industries and earning a $5,000 fee over several months and also soliciting business for Lagniappe, but additionally accepting 50 cases that we could find in 2009 in which the court appointed him to represent an absent litigant? He made thousands of dollars doing that,” said Goyeneche.
WWL tried to reach Broussard for comment. A statement released late Thursday did not address his outside legal work and said he isn’t responding to the ethical questions, on the advice of his attorney.
“Mr. Broussard has requested a copy (of the Metropolitan Crime Commission’s) letter from the Ethics Committee to discern the allegations made in order to fully cooperate with the Ethics Administration to reveal the actual facts of his ownership and the management of his property,” the statement said.
“The Commission’s policy is not to confirm or deny receipt of such contact. If one is made, it is referred to a committee that determines if an investigation will be conducted. Mr. Broussard reaffirms that he has properly disclosed his ownership of property in Nova Scotia on his Louisiana Board of Ethics Personal Financial Disclosure Report and that he will contest that this property was rented to business people holding public contracts with Jefferson Parish. Respecting the confidentiality policy of the Ethics Administration, Mr. Broussard will withhold further comment on this matter on the advice of his attorney.”
Simple right? Evidently Rich Rainey began researching this matter and he found that the Nova Scotia property known as Trout Point had several local, politically connected owners but that didn’t stop Perret from sending his bottom bitch Charles Leary out to mislead and threaten. For that we circle back to my post on the topic from January, 2010 which excerpted one of Rainey’s reports:
A photo caption in some Thursday editions of The Times-Picayune said that former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard owns a stake in a luxury development centered around Trout Point Lodge in Nova Scotia. An accompanying story quoted Bennett Powell, owner of a Metairie insurance claims adjusting firm that does business with Jefferson Parish, as saying that Broussard’s property was Trout Point Lodge. Charles Leary, managing director of Trout Point, said Broussard has no “ownership or management involvement with Trout Point Lodge, Limited.” Corporate records in Canada do not list Broussard as an officer of Trout Point Lodge Limited.
Broussard, “does not and has never had any ownership or management involvement with Trout Point Lodge, Limited.” The message went on to say Broussard owns a “vacation home on the same road.”
Those assertions are bald face lies. I frankly never understood how a news organization with the cojones take on Garlandfill would run like scared children from grifting gay men in Nova Scotia but it is what it is folks. And the reason I say that Leary lied? Mainly because I have been talking to former employees whom I’ve granted anonymity so as to spare them the hassle of defending a frivolous SLAPP suit in Canada:
In answer to the question as to who handled the money for Aaron’s property? Definitely Trout Point.
This makes sense and confirms a long-held suspicion that the girls were the fiscal agents for all the cabins owned by Louisianans close to the Lodge including Aaron Broussard. That said the Lodge’s financial records would certainly contain evidence to either support the pay-to-Trout Point to play in Jefferson Parish allegations that are at the heart of this story. My chatty new friend didn’t stop there though. You see the girls have left a trail of financial wreckage in Canada reportedly screwing over trade venders and others building the Lodge and that harebrained exotic cheese farm La Ferme D’Acadie where they shafted the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.
So now that I’m sourced on the exact nature of the business relationship between the owners of Trout Point including Aaron’s former council aid Danny Abel we next must explore exactly who owns Trout Point as all the cabins and the lodge are not under one umbrella. Luckily for us I made several friends in Canada and one of them was kind enough to run the entire area through a local database. This is where it all really gets good:
189 TROUT POINT ROAD
OWNED BY CHARLES LEARY AND VAUGHN PERRET
ASSESSED VALUE FOR TAXES 798,000 COMMERCIAL, 6,200 RESIDENTIAL
REGISTERED MECHANICS LEAN OF 80,240.00 BY JILL FIRTH CONSTRUCTION (company did the stone work)
LOT # 9
ASSESSED VALUE 31,200
RIVERBEND LODGE ( former Marie Krantz property )
OWNED BY AARON BROUSSARD ( no other owners that I see )
ASSESSED FOR 210,800 COMMERCIAL, 31,200 RESIDENTIAL
INTERESTING — IN DECEMBER 2010 AARONS DEED BECAME JOINT TENANTS WITH VAUGHN AND CHARLES AND ONLY THEY SHOW UP ON ASSESSMENT NOW AS OWNERS.
A MORTGAGE WAS TAKEN OUT THAT SAME MONTH FOR 231,000 WITH HSBC BANK OF CANADA IN MARKUM ONTARIO.
THE MORTGAGE WAS NOT REGISTERED UNTILL JANUARY 17 2011 ( this could have been deliberate or just a slow lawyer )
LOT # 6
OWNED BY BRYAN KRANTZ
LOT 3-B AND 7-D
SOLD BY RALPH FONTCUBERTA IN JAN 21 2010
TO PRAKA-NOVA SCOTIA LLC,
7216 STONELEIGH DRIVE
LOT # 11
OWNED BY CALVIN AND CYNTHIA FAYARD
ASSESSED 31,200 RES. AND 9,100 RESOURCE
81 TROUT POINT ROAD ( think its known as Cub Cottage )
OWNED BY AARON BROUSSARD AND KAREN PARKER
ASSESSED 102,000 RESIDENTIAL
INTERESTING- SOLD OCTOBER 14 2010 TO PRAVENCHANDRA DESAI
79 TROUT POINT ROAD ( BLACK BEAR COTTAGE )
OWNED BY AARON BROUSSARD ( BOUGHT BY AARON 1999 )
ASSESSED VALUE 169,800 AND 5,900
INTERESTING- ON AUGUST 4TH 2011 A REQUEST WAS REGISTERED TO CHANGE RESIDENTIAL INTEREST, BENEFITS AND BURDENS FROM AARON TO PATRICIA AND DONALD ZERANGUE.
LARRY STOULIG JR.
JAMES E SMITH JR.
KEMPT WIDERNESS LODGE SERVICES ( I assume this is Trout Point Lodge) since they service all the properties.
OK folks this is a lot of info to absorb. Some of these names we’ve seen here on Slabbed several times such as Peter Butler Jr’s PRAKA Nova Scotia. Others were mentioned in other reports on the Lodge. This much is clear, Aaron Broussard had a very close relationship with the owners of Trout Point Lodge as they handled the money from his rentals and he sent them business. The next question we must ask ourselves is do these activities constitute money laundering because if an illegal act occurred Leary and his blowbuddy Perret along with Danny Abel have lots of explaining to do. Stay tuned as we have more on the mystery on the shores of the Tusket River.
Publisher’s note: WWL TV Restored the Broussard Ethics complaint news story to their website in July 2015.