Oct 7, 2010 10:01 PM by Alison Haynes
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A state audit says former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard and former Parish Attorney Tom Wilkinson may have broken state payroll laws by giving $45,000 in excess pay to Broussard's wife and hiring two politically connected individuals as paralegals who had no qualifications.
The report, released Thursday, also says that an insurance agency owned by Tim Whitmer, Broussard's former top aide, received commissions from the Jefferson Parish Clerk of Court, adding to the list of public entities and parish contractors that hired Whitmer's firm for insurance purposes.
The report follows an ongoing federal investigation into Broussard's administration that began with reports that Whitmer's agency, Lagniappe Industries, was making commissions from supplemental insurance policies sold to employees at West Jefferson Medical Center. Later reports disclosed that Lagniappe also did work for several parish contractors.