I-Team: Scrap metal sale investigation continues

POINTE COUPEE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - The Attorney General's Office is now involved in an investigation of a misuse of public funds in Pointe Coupee Parish.  The investigation involves allegations of parish workers throwing parties with money from scrap metal sales.

The 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office said in a response to an I-Team public records request that it has handed the investigation over to the Attorney General's Office and the Louisiana Legislative Auditor.

The DA's office confirms it has obtained records from last year totaling over $11,000 in scrap from the Louisiana Scrap Metal Recycling Yard in Port Allen.

Parish President Melanie Bueche asked the DA's office to investigate after a police jury member told her he was concerned parish workers were secretly selling old meters and culverts and using the money to throw parties.

Assistant District Attorney John Wayne Jewell tells the I-Team there are no documents showing the parish approved the sales - no receipts from the scrap metal.  He says an unidentified employee held the money from the sales and did not put it in a bank account.

Now the state faces the challenge of tracing the trail of sales that some allege goes back nearly 20 years.

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