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CATS board member: I did not take money from system

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Posted: Jul 18, 2013 7:53 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Jul 18, 2013 11:54 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: CATS, misuse, funds, baton rouge, politics, government, Montrell McCaleb

BATON ROUGE- A recently former board member of the Capital Area Transit System said he is innocent of allegations he used CATS money to pay for personal expenses.

"I didn't take any money from CATS," said Montrell McCaleb. McCaleb resigned from the board of directors Thursday, hours before reports surfaced he used money to pay for a cell phone bill and television service.

McCaleb said he is accused of using the money to pay Verizon and DirecTV for service, one of which he does not have.

"I have Verizon, but not DirecTV," McCaleb told WBRZ News 2.

He said he is innocent and believes someone is using his information.

"I dropped a folder with my personal documents in it," McCaleb said. He said he never found the folder and said the mystery person trying to tarnish him used the documents against him. McCaleb added the documents had information that someone would have been able to use to pay bills.

McCaleb said he has hired an attorney to clear his name.

CATS leadership were unable to be reached for comment concerning the allegations of misuse of funds.

The ordeal comes in the same week two members of the Baton Rouge Metro Council called for the resignation of board members. The councilmen were backed by Mayor Kip Holden. City leaders believe the bus system has not delivered on promises made when a property tax was approved by voters last year.
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