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Former GOHSEP employee says millions wasted on ice

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Posted: Dec 6, 2012 5:22 PM by Mike Steele
Updated: Dec 6, 2012 7:07 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: GOHSEP, lawsuit, Bruce Ellis, ice, Angola, melted, taxpayer, Isaac

BATON ROUGE- A former employee at the Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness says he was fired for pointing out taxpayer waste after Hurricane Isaac.

Bruce Ellis says he was given additional duties before the storm hit. He says the state spent tens of millions of dollars on items like ice which were never used.

According to Ellis, much of the ice was resold to a vendor and taken to the company's warehouse. Other ice was taken to the state prison at Angola. He says it was all melted. Ellis says the ice was probably taken to secure sites to avoid having it destroyed in public view.

Ellis says he understands the need to have stockpiled before an emergency. He says he did not expect to be fired after highlighting areas to concern to his supervisors.

GOHSEP officials say they have not been served with the suit, so they had no response.

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