Former DHH chief Greenstein indicted for perjury
BATON ROUGE - A grand jury indicted the state's former health secretary, Bruce Greenstein, on nine counts of perjury Monday for his involvement in a $200 million state contract awarded to one of his former employers.
The indictment accused Greenstein of lying while testifying under oath at a Senate confirmation hearing and during a grand jury investigation.
At issue is a government contract awarded to Client Network Services Inc. in 2012 to handle Medicaid claims processing. Greenstein worked as a vice president for CNSI from 1995 to 1998. The Jindal administration canceled the contract after they said they learned Greenstein had inappropriate contact with the company during the bid process.
"We have zero-tolerance for any wrongdoing, which is why we immediately acted to terminate the contract when we learned from the AG that improper behavior might have occurred, and it is why we asked the Inspector General to conduct an independent investigation," said a spokesperson for Governor Bobby Jindal's office.
CNSI sued the state over the cancellation. Greenstein resigned in 2013.
The state attorney general's office launched a probe into the negotiations, which led to Tuesday's special grand jury hearing.