Judge: No probable cause found in case against Delahoussaye

Judge: No probable cause found in case against Delahoussaye

LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Judge Brenda Ricks has found no probable cause in the case against Corey Delahoussaye. Delahoussaye and his company were being investigated by the Inspector General beginning May 2013, for work as a contractor after Hurricane Gustav.

Delahoussaye's company C-Del. Inc. had a contract with the Livingston Parish Council between October 2009 and September 2011, under which he was to be paid $145 an hour. He billed the parish for just over two million dollars, but is still owed around $370,000.

The district attorney alleges Delahoussaye overcharged the parish, falsifying time sheets.

Friday, the DA dropped 21 of its original 81 counts against Delahoussaye. The remaining 59 were discussed in court Monday.

Counts 1-26 deal with Delahoussaye allegedly making trips to an anti-aging clinic in Baton Rouge. The district attorney claims Delahoussaye billed the parish, when receipts from the business show he was at their office.

Counts 27-28 deal with a company Delahoussaye apparently subcontracted with in another parish

Counts 29-43 allege several dates where Delahoussaye was playing golf at Greystone but billed the parish for work.

Counts 44-54 deal with trips Delahoussaye Anytime Fitness for tanning, during the same hours he claimed he was working for the parish.

Counts 55-59 are allege just over $17,000 in theft from the parish.

Jessica Webb, a criminal investigator for the IG, was the sole witness called by the prosecution. She testified to investigating Delahoussaye at the request of Chris Moody, the Livingston Parish Council attorney and Sheriff Jason Ard.

During questioning from Delahoussaye's attorney, John McClindon, Webb stated she did not interview the then parish president or any of the other contractors helping with hurricane work.

"You got a search warrant for my clients house on July 17, 2013, but executed it on July 25. Why did you wait?" McClindon asked.

He went on to say that same day July 25, his client was on the council agenda for consideration of final payment. He added the day Delahoussaye was arrested he was also on the agenda for consideration of final payment.

"This is a half-baked investigation by the Inspector Generals office," McClindon said. "They looked at what they wanted to. They seized computers but didn't look at emails or talk to anyone."

District Attorney Scott Perrilloux says regardless of the judges findings, they intend to proceed with a trial.

"Just because they wear a black robe doesn't mean they know everything," Perrilloux said.

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