Saturday, June 18, 2005

City Corruption Probe...

I am amazed that there are well educated and politically aware friends of mine who are still Morial "disciples." A typical statement is along the lines of "Marc was a great mayor, but may have overdone the patronage." This is in the same sense that Edwin Edwards was a great governor, just ethically challenged. provided the following excerpts. The inartful editing and comments in italics are mine.

NEW ORLEANS -- Indictments were announced Thursday against four people associated with the administration of former Mayor Marc Morial.

Indicted are restauranteur Stan "Pampy" Barre, 60...

This will be the most interesting case, a member of the "inner circle."

... accused of contract fraud in business dealings with Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls Inc. The contracts were supposed to pay for themselves in energy savings for the city -- with Johnson replacing outdated equipment in city-owned buildings -- but instead, the city actually paid $3.2 annually toward the debt using capital improvement funds from bond issues.

Barre, a subcontractor to Johnson Controls, is charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud, multiple counts of mail fraud, money laundering and obstruction of justice.

In one instance, the indictment alleges that while Barre was being paid by Johnson Controls to help manage its subcontractors, he was being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by one of them -- Moss Creek. Barre would then allegedly share the money he received from Moss Creek with ...

... a maximum 130 years in prison.


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Anonymous Jackie said...

Let's hope Stan Barre get 130 years. The city of New Orleans would be better off without him. He is part of a criminal family. His son, Stan Barre, is also facing criminal charges.

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