We’re having a high time visiting with Tank and setting up the rest of the month. It is good to get a break.
Meantime we have a City Councilman in Diamondhead nominating Water and Sewer Board members he was conflicted from voting upon with the nominating being read from his cell phone, ostensibly with a third party texting the fella exactly what to say. The video on Facebook was clear about that part of the last meeting being a clown show but there is more in the Inspector General Review underway at the Diamondhead Water and Sewer District, which may be why the Councilman was trying to nominate a buddy, despite being conflicted. And yes, the larger story even has an in flagrante delicto component but we already knew Diamondhead was a boiling cauldron of lust, sex and avarice.
If all this sounds like a big tease it’s because it is a tease but in order to dissect an OIG report DMR style we have to have an OIG report to dissect so we patiently wait and collect muck (and take a break).
It is in your face corruption folks. Those catching up may recall the HUD OIG issued a scathing report on the Jefferson Parish Housing Authority including potential criminal misdeeds on part of former executive director Barry Bordelon. Naomi Martin at NOLA filed a very good report on the topic as it appears the gang of malfeasants on the Housing Authority Board are conspiring to insure Bordelon gets his full state retirement, despite the fact OIG makes clear he is as crooked as the day is long. Martin’s story is a must read because she named names folks.
This kind of in your face, public disregard for fiduciary duty does not happen often folks as Hunley Dufour Jr. feigned ignorance of the kind that would have resulted in both tar and feather in an earlier day as Monica Hernandez at WWL Tee Vee illustrates:
And folks he did a great job with the topic to boot before leaving the T-P to join the BGR. Worth noting are Barry Bordelon’s nonsensical responses to the audit are highlighted in the story. Also worth noting is Waggaman’s George Amato aka George Peterson chimed in with some spot on commentary to Rioux’s piece pointing out:
Diversified Ventures floated a bogus $50,000 invoice through the Parish after Hurricane Katrina. It was presented by former Jefferson Parish District 3 Councilman Byron Lee and pushed through by former Parish President Aaron Broussard.
Also, Diversified Ventures is tied to the illicit non-profit Jefferson Sports & Scholastic Foundation which was ran by Lester Dunn, Byron Lee’s campaign finance manager.
This is all part of the ongoing activities of the “Marrero Mafia” that gave us the likes of Derrick Shepard, Judge Alan Green and ties to the Jefferson clan. Hmm, where does Councilman Mark Spears fit into this we wonder???
How Byron Lee and Girod Jackson fit into the narrative of Broussard’s post Katrina taxpayer-funded largess remains to be seen but they clearly do.
We’re going to have more on the Housing Authority as John Young is suggesting a house cleaning, a great idea so long as the current group of perpetrators is not recycled out in favor of other politically connected herd of swine.
Folks Chris Roberts may do an excellent job acting stupid about Girod Jackson, but it appears his buddy from the West Bank that moonlights as a state legislator is again in the news and not for anything good as the guy shows up prominently in this U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of the Inspector General Audit of the Jefferson Parish Housing Authority, which looks to be a classic Conprofit. You have the Board of Directors slopping at the trough siphoning out obscene amounts of money for themselves, you have professional services contracts let without competition or documentation and over $600,000 in questioned cost were missed by Rebowe and Company, a politically connected CPA firm that supposedly audited the Housing Authority.
Even better we have Elton LaGasse’s former main man Barry “Da Bagman” Bordelon at the center of the scandal as he is the Executive Director of the whole disaster and was evidently double dipping because when he is not lobbying for trash companies like IESI he was splitting purchases to hide the payments to Jackson.
Barry Bordelon, the executive director of the Housing Board is no relation to Da Bagman. I did find this from December 2010 that explains this guy in detail:
The Louisiana Housing Development Corp.’s contract began around the time Barry D. Bordelon signed on as the Housing Authority’s executive director. Bordelon, who is not the same Barry Bordelon who serves as Parish Councilman Elton Lagasse’s top aide, previously sat on the Housing Authority’s board for 14 years and was chairman through each of the previous investigations. He resigned in 2002, around the time of the FBI investigation, only to be hired four years later.
The fact Mini-me’s grandstanding in the above article resulted in his friend Girod Jackson being exposed is priceless folks.
None of this is a secret folks despite the fact US Attorney Jim Letten has done his best to ignore the low level rot exemplified by other conprofits that have made the news. Here are 4 links to posts that appeared on Slabbed dealing with Byron Lee, Girod Jackson beginning with this post circa November 2010. Chris Roberts liked to act stupid with his Girod who? comedy skit but we debunked that bit of bullshit here, just after Jackson was profiled on Fox 8 for ripping off homeowners taking money and not doing work. Jackson also showed up in two of the three posts I did on Byron Lee’s conprofit, the Jefferson Sports and Scholastic Foundation.
H/T several readers and the NOLA.com story for the HUD/OIG report link. Car 54, where are you????