State Auditor investigates hurricane clean-up in Livingston Parish

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Posted: May 3, 2010 5:03 PM by Lori Steele
Updated: May 3, 2010 5:06 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Hurricane Gustav, debris removal, Livingston Parish, State Auditor, Parish Council members, Jimmie McCoy, Don Wheat, WBRZ

Possible ethics violations loom for 2 Livingston Parish council members involving Hurricane Gustav clean-up. A State Auditor's report released today also highlights possible double-dipping by a parish employee.

Parish Officials asked the State Auditor's office to investigate clean-up costs. In the massive report are 3 major findings. They include: lack of proof for work completed, possible ethics violations for Jimmie McCoy and Don Wheat, and possible double-dipping for the Director of Sewerage Districts 1 and 2.

The report says there simply isn't enough evidence to support mounting clean-up costs. It also says McCoy's son and Wheat's dad were part of clean-up crews, which could amount to ethics violations. Auditors also highlighted the fact that Mr. James Clark works for the parish and owns a company hired to remove debris. Auditors believe Mr. Clark charged both the parish and FEMA for the same week's work.

To view the full report, click here.

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