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News 2 Investigates: Altered documents cost you money

3 years 6 months 3 weeks ago March 06, 2013 Mar 6, 2013 Wednesday, March 06 2013 March 06, 2013 10:08 PM in The Investigative Unit
Source: WBRZ
By: Kristy Davis

LIVINGSTON- WBRZ News 2 has learned the State Inspector General's Office has files connected to public emails being deleted by a parish employee.

A team of investigative journalists with WBRZ uncovered the emails and altered documents. The changes made to parish council minutes cost taxpayers thousands of dollars.

It appears, former Livingston Parish Council Clerk Mary Kistler approved the changes, and had them approved by council members without calling attention to the alterations.

It's "very scary that something like that could change," said Councilwoman Cindy Wale. Wale was on the council when the changes were made, a few years ago.

The alterations dealed with work on Duff Road and a road construction contract company, Alvin Fairburn and Associates. The emails show Kistler telling employees with the company that she could change a resolution approving a contract. The change cost tax payers more than $31,000.

Files dealing with this issue, and others, were deleted when Kistler moved from an employee of the council to work for newly-elected Parish President Layton Ricks recently.

Kistler refused to comment, and avoided WBRZ News 2 on multiple occasions. Eventually, her attorney, Karl Koch, said the story was "ridiculous," and his only comment on the matter was "we're not going to comment."

 

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