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I-Team Debris Contract Investigation

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DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) -

Livingston Parish District Attorney Scott Perrilloux has launched an investigation into former candidate for Livingston Parish Assessor Corey Delahoussaye.

Delahoussaye is a businessman from Denham Springs and former candidate for Livingston Parish Assessor this fall. He's not been proven guilty of anything and this investigation is in very early stages. At issue is whether Delahoussaye padded his time for work he did on a parish contract.

Delahoussaye's company, C-Del Inc. is at the center of the investigation launched by Perrilloux. C-Del Inc. was hired by Livingston Parish to serve as a liaison between the parish and the federal government to oversee a contract for debris removal, following Hurricane Gustav. A few months ago, several Livingston Parish council members begin questioning Delahoussaye's billing practices.

"All I know is that Delahoussaye, through his company, provided services through a contract with the parish and we want to see if possibly these bills were padded," Perrilloux said.

Delahoussaye signed the contract in October 2009. In July 2011, he told the Livingston Parish Council that in just under two years, Livingston Parish has paid his company around $1.5 million dollars for its work related to debris removal. According to invoices obtained by the 9 News I-Team, Delahoussaye charged Livingston Parish $145 per hour for his work. His position is listed as project manager.

Livingston Parish terminated its contract with Delahoussaye's company on August 25th. Delahoussaye told 9 News by phone that he has done nothing wrong and that his documents showing work he did for the parish are filed with the federal government. Many of Delahoussaye's daily reports, which the I-Team has obtained, show he reported working five days a week from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Perrilloux stresses that the number of hours and work days are at the center of what he says will be a lengthy investigation.  He has issued subpoenas that he hopes will help determine whether Delahoussaye actually worked the hours he put down.

"It's hard to say how long it will take because one piece of information delivered could result in more being sought after and reviewed," Perrilloux said.

9 News had an appointment set up with Mr. Delahoussaye for an interview Thursday afternoon at 1:15 p.m. He did not show up. He called later in the afternoon and set up another meeting with 9 News for next Monday.  He believes the situation is politically motivated.

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