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CATS leader quits, blames news coverage of bus debacle

3 years 5 months 4 weeks ago July 25, 2013 Jul 25, 2013 Thursday, July 25 2013 July 25, 2013 9:27 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz

BATON ROUGE- The Capital Area Transit System Board Chairman resigned Thursday, calling media coverage about a series of controversial funding events "unfortunate."

The system can not find more than $100,000 in fare funds. In at least three years computers on buses suggest there should be more money than what is reported as collected and deposited in bank accounts.

CATS leadership released the variances Monday in a news conference. The issues came just days after a board member resigned and was accused of using CATS money to pay for private phone and TV bills.

"It is clear to me that media attention on me will continue to be a distraction to the system that I have worked very hard to help improve," Isaiah Marshall wrote in an email.

Marshall was told about the missing money by CATS CEO Bob Mirabito, who blames the issue on software.

When WBRZ News 2 questioned Marshall earlier this week about the missing $101,000, Marshall said "I have no idea where the money is."

The resignations come as members of the Baton Rouge Metro Council have asked for the entire CATS board to resign. There are nine board positions; since Marshall and Montrell McCaleb resigned seven remain.

Read Isaiah Marshall's resignation letter HERE.
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