CATS board member resigns amid allegations of misused funds

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Capital Area Transit System Board Member Montrell McCaleb cited health reasons when he  submitted his resignation letter on Thursday amid allegations that McCaleb used CATS money to pay personal bills.

"I Montrell McCaleb am resigning from the CATS Board for Health Reasons. I appreciate the opportunity in serving but I cannot continue," McCaleb said in an email to the board.

CATS CEO Bob Mirabito said he has documents that he said shows transfers to an account under the name of Montrell Henderson.

Mirabito said the documents show about $1,500 used to pay Verizon and DISH Network bills. He said they contacted their bank in May and the CATS chief financial officer said they were unauthorized transactions.

McCaleb denies that he misused any company funds.

"I took no money from CATS, you know," McCalab said. "So whatever documentation that these politicians that's inside of CATS and other infighting that's taking place, you know, I don't want to be a part of it."

McCaleb said he was tired of the politics involved with working on the board.

"As far as me resigning, I mean I've had enough of the politics of this," McCaleb said. "We gotta get to the place where we do what's best for transit."

Mirabito said the bank did reimburse the nearly $1,500. He said he will send letters asking the Board of Ethics, District Attorney Hillar Moore and the State Auditor to launch investigations.

His letter states a possible ethics violation has occurred by one of their board members.

Mirabito adds he will also ask the state auditor to do a complete audit of the entire CATS operation.

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