Ex-health secretary pleads not guilty to perjury
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's former health secretary has entered a not guilty plea on charges that he lied about his involvement in the award of a now-canceled $200 million Medicaid contract.
Bruce Greenstein was indicted on nine counts of perjury. The charges are tied to his sworn testimony during a state Senate confirmation hearing and to the grand jury reviewing the state's contract with CNSI.
The Jindal administration canceled the 10-year contract and has accused Greenstein, a former CNSI vice president, of inappropriate contact with the company throughout the bid process.
Greenstein wasn't in court for Monday's hearing. Attorney John McLindon entered the not guilty plea on his behalf.
McLindon says Greenstein didn't lie in his testimony. Greenstein has denied that he tried to steer the contract to his former employer.