Jackson has been an occasional but thoroughly researched topic in the past here on Slabbed. Vital background here and generally here. Meantime NOLA Media Group breaks out one of their best to tell the story.
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????
Folks it didn’t take long for my email in box to start buzzing with this Michelle Krupa story on Diana Bajoie, a Dollar Bill Jefferson political hack with an extensive background in conprofit earmarking. The buzz of course relates entirely to the fact that none of what Krupa reported save comments from Team Bajoie is new, as it appeared here on Slabbed back on June 6th but more important relates to an exhaustive investigation into the whole “conprofit” earmarking scam done by my colleague Jason Berry over at American Zombie as it related to now congressman Cedric Richmond, whom the Times Picayune enthusiastically supported editorially for the office. The long and short of it folks is if you want the T-P’s endorsement for political office it clearly helps to be as dirty and on the take as possible. Jason wisely asks that we all reserve judgment on this story as the behind the scenes is likely to be complex. That said the remainder of this post will examine that complexity.
Meantime the folks in Harvey are getting just the type of representation in the legislature they deserve. Breaking the cycle of masochistic ignorance that leads to ascension of unabashed crooks like Jackson and fellow west banker John Alario to public office is the key here IMHO.