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Aaron Broussard, ex-wife, lawyer indicted on payroll fraud charges
The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | December 2, 2011 | Richard Rainey

Posted on 12/02/2011 10:40:02 AM PST by abb

A federal grand jury today indicted former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard on charges of manipulating the parish payroll to boost his ex-wife's salary. Also charged were Karen Parker, who divorced Broussard in October 2009, and former Parish Attorney Tom Wilkinson as part of a sweeping, two-year investigation of the parish government under Broussard's watch.

The indictments come nine months after the trio received letters from prosecutors suggesting they could be charged with crimes. Broussard had resigned in January 2010, Parker was fired a month later and Wilkinson quit a month after that.

The charges are wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud and to steal money from an agency receiving federal money. (See PDF of the 25-page indictment.)

Once the grand jury indicted the defendants, Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Klebba presented the charges to Magistrate Judge Louis Moore. Moore issued summonses to the three defendants to surrender to federal authorities. An arraignment usually comes 10 days to two weeks later, he said.

Broussard attorney Robert Jenkins and Wilkinson attorney Ralph Whalen did not immediately return calls for comment. Parker's attorney, David Courcelle, would not discuss the case, saying he had not yet read the indictment.

The defendants are the first parish employees ensnared in the Justice Department's exhaustive look into the Broussard administration. The investigation began in the fall of 2009 after The Times-Picayune disclosed that Broussard's top administrator, Tim Whitmer, owned a private insurance agency earning commissions off policies at the publicly owned West Jefferson Medical Center. His firm, Lagniappe Industries, also was selling policies to parish contractors.

The investigation metastasized from there. Broussard admitted to doing $5,000 of legal work for Lagniappe, and Wilkinson said he had bought insurance policies through the firm.


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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: broussard; jeffersonparish; katrina; neworleans

1 posted on 12/02/2011 10:40:14 AM PST by abb
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To: NautiNurse; rrstar96


2 posted on 12/02/2011 10:41:31 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

Is that still shot from the interview he did after Katrina where he blamed Bush for all the troubles the Parish was having? Broussard himself was to blame for Jefferson Parish having flooded areas. Everyone always wanting to blame someone else for their incompetence.

3 posted on 12/02/2011 10:48:56 AM PST by VicVega (GEAUX SAINTS, GEAUX LSU.)
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To: abb

Louisiana - Half under water, the other half under indictment.

4 posted on 12/02/2011 10:50:38 AM PST by dfwgator (I stand with Herman Cain.)
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To: VicVega

Tim Russert was interviewing him on Meet the Press.

The most famous of Broussard’s post Katrina interviews was one on the television program Meet the Press. In the course of that interview, he was critical of the disaster-response effort. He finished with a tearful account of the death by drowning of his emergency services manager’s mother.[2] Broussard’s account of that incident was subsequently shown to be inaccurate, in that the long sequence of telephone calls to the mother that he described as having taken place in the aftermath of the hurricane could not have happened, since she apparently drowned before the dates in question. In an appearance on Meet the Press three weeks later, Broussard was questioned about his account. He said that the story had been relayed to him by his staff, and that he had chosen not to ask his emergency manager for the exact circumstances of her death.

Broussard and his employees were directly involved in the initial disaster-recovery efforts that followed Hurricane Katrina. On September 4, 2005 he was interviewed on NBC’s Meet the Press, still inside his parish. Broussard called the response to Katrina “One of the Worst Abandonments of Americans on American Soil Ever” and went on to say that FEMA had not only failed to meet his parish’s need but actively withheld aid and cut his lines of communication:

Three quick examples. We had Wal-Mart deliver three trucks of water. FEMA turned them back. They said we didn’t need them. This was a week ago. FEMA, we had 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel on a Coast Guard vessel docked in my parish. When we got there with our trucks, FEMA says don’t give you the fuel. Yesterday — yesterday — FEMA comes in and cuts all of our emergency communication lines. They cut them without notice. Our sheriff, Harry Lee, goes back in, he reconnects the line. He posts armed guards and said no one is getting near these lines…

after this, Broussard began to break out in tears.

He said:

The guy who runs this building I’m in, Emergency Management, he’s responsible for everything. His mother was trapped in St. Bernard nursing home, and every day she called him and said, ‘Are you coming, son? Is somebody coming?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, Momma, somebody’s coming to get you. Somebody’s coming to get you on Tuesday. Somebody’s coming to get you on Wednesday. Somebody’s coming to get you on Thursday. Somebody’s coming to get you on Friday’ — and she drowned on Friday night. She drowned on Friday night. Nobody’s coming to get us, nobody’s coming to get us. The secretary has promised, everybody’s promised. They’ve had press conferences — I’m sick of the press conferences. For God’s sake, shut up and send us somebody!

5 posted on 12/02/2011 10:53:49 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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Wow...I thought this dude had passed away from shame.

6 posted on 12/02/2011 11:12:55 AM PST by Niteranger68 (When voting, if you are not willing to work in the kitchen, order from the menu.)
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Even worse, most of this was public information before he ran for re-election, which he won!

Screw NO...anyone numb & dumb enough to vote for this moron...well, they deserve to drown in the next Katrina....apparently not enough were washed away the first time around.

7 posted on 12/02/2011 11:38:46 AM PST by LadyBuck (In the immortal words of Jean Paul Sartre, 'Au revoir, gopher')
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To: LadyBuck

Well said! (...and I was born there!)

8 posted on 12/02/2011 11:43:49 AM PST by Niteranger68 (When voting, if you are not willing to work in the kitchen, order from the menu.)
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To: Niteranger68

Link to document.

9 posted on 12/02/2011 1:31:00 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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I think his name came up in conjunction with the investigation of pipes, pumps and levies that had been funded to be repaired/upgraded - never got repaired or upgraded. Rather the money was “redirected” but the paperwork still showed the bogus work on the levy infrastructure.

10 posted on 12/02/2011 2:12:56 PM PST by VeniVidiVici ("Si, se gimme!")
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To: dfwgator

LOL, I lived there 5 years. I know can sure relate to your post

11 posted on 12/02/2011 2:59:37 PM PST by Diggity
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