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Board hopefuls will be asked about felony pasts

3 years 6 months 1 week ago November 12, 2013 Nov 12, 2013 Tuesday, November 12 2013 November 12, 2013 11:40 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz

BATON ROUGE- People who apply to be a member of the board of directors for Capital Area Transit System will now be asked about their criminal history, or if they have one.

The search committee will ask people if they have a record since background checks are not performed on candidates.  The committee will rely on the truth until city leaders approve the checks.

Recently, one person applying for a vacant position on the CATS leadership board was found to have been convicted of a crime. 

Numerous openings were created on the CATS board when members resigned amid scandal earlier this summer.  An accounting discrepancy could not account for $100,000 in fares and one board member was accused of stealing money from the bus system to pay his bills.  He resigned and was arrested.

Wednesday, the Baton Rouge Metro Council will talk about filling vacancies.

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