INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: EBR COA Director avoids questions following WBRZ reports
BATON ROUGE- The Executive Director at the East Baton Rouge Parish Council on Aging avoided answering any of WBRZ's questions on Tuesday following a series of reports by the Investigative Unit.
Board members convened to discuss findings of an Investigative Audit that will be released soon by the State Legislative Auditor into the happenings at the Council on Aging. Following the meeting, everyone cleared out like the building was on fire. In fact, all of the Board Members who were asked to do an interview either ignored The Investigative Unit by walking away or said no to doing an interview.
For the first time since Tasha Clark Amar withdrew from a will for an elderly woman who was her client, the Investigative Unit had the opportunity to talk to her again. She said nothing.
The Investigative Unit showed viewers two weeks ago, Clark Amar was named as the overseer of a woman's estate. She was to pay herself over $100,000 from Helen Plummer's estate over a 20 year period. However, when the stories aired, Clark Amar, Board Member Dorothy Jackson who wrote the will and Trudy Bihm all backed off.
As the board was meeting, simultaneously, the family of Helen Plummer talked to a group in Baton Rouge that included lawmakers and others hosted by former State Representative Woody Jenkins. The family pledged for overhaul of the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging, not oversight.
"The slate of the EBR Council on Aging needs to be wiped clean and restored with individuals prepared to serve the elderly population and not themselves," Tracie Davis, Plummer's granddaughter said. "(They) need to be willing to take action against any person or entity that jeopardizes that mission. Overhaul not oversight."
Davis told a group, before her family told the Investigative Unit their story, the family was told to avoid this topic due to Clark Amar's powerful influence in the community. Her mom is 19th Judicial District Court Judge Janice Clark. Davis says for Clark Amar, Dorothy Jackson and Trudy Bihm, it was always just about the money.
"We were getting bullied before the media exposure," Davis said. "There were several opportunities where this matter could have been settled. No. No. They were steadfast in what they wanted, and it was not to the benefit of my family."
Last week, a host of lawmakers stood by Clark Amar even though none of them talked to the Plummer family. The Plummer family said there is an agency investigating this, but could not elaborate.
"My family will do our part in the court system and various law enforcement agencies by participating in their investigation in what we believe are criminal acts of financial exploitation."
Tasha Clark Amar has claimed she has done nothing wrong. If that's the case, why did she back out as the overseer of Plummer's will? An answer from her has not been given.