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Capital Area Legal Services director on leave after audit

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Posted: Nov 1, 2010 5:08 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: Nov 1, 2010 5:08 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: James Wayne, leave, Baton Rouge, Capital Area Legal Services, WBRZ

BATON ROUGE – The executive director of the Capital Area Legal Services Corporation is off the job for now.

News 2 has learned James Wayne was placed on administrative leave after an audit was conducted by the Office of Inspector General in Washington D.C. surrounding more than $318,000 in questionable spending. Those spending practices highlight nearly $12,000 in meals expensed at the Camelot Club when Wayne dined alone. There are also nearly $80,000 in expenses on Wayne's Toyota Camry for lease payments and fuel costs.

News 2 cameras captured Wayne’s Camry parked outside of his home. No one answered the door.

Meanwhile, a lawsuit filed by an employee in the office claims Wayne retaliated against her.

"They largely consisted of unfounded write-ups or you take away their job duties or job functions or scrutinize them," said attorney Jill Craft. "In her circumstance, she alleges that he even tried to task someone to go through her mail."

Following that, Craft said things began spiraling out of control when Wayne learned her client filed a lawsuit naming him in it. That's when Craft said Wayne gave her client a notice to transfer out of the office.

"She should not be transferred as a matter of law," said Craft. "When you file a lawsuit and file an EEOC charge, you are absolutely protected under laws in our country."

The Capital Area Legal Services Corporation provides the poor in 12 parishes with legal service.

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