Lee Zurik Investigation: No more "Playing With Fire" for Richie Hampton

Hampton is now the former chief executive officer and secretary-treasurer of the New Orleans Fire Fighter's Pension Board after a vote to remove him and three other board incumbents.

Lee Zurik Investigation: Ethics charges filed in `Playing With Fire` case

The State Ethics Board filed the charges against a current member and a former member of the N.O. Firefighters Pension Board.

Playing With Fire: New secretary-treasurer to make far less than Hampton

The new secretary-treasurer of the New Orleans Fire Fighter's Pension & Relief Fund will receive $100,000 less than his predecessor.

Lee Zurik Investigation: Playing With Fire - Bud's money

A loophole in the law allows the president of a local public board to put tens of thousands of dollars into his pocket every year.  He's essentially profiting from his volunteer public position indirectly.

Lee Zurik Investigation: `Playing with Fire`... on the golf course

We hoped to talk with Fire Pension Board president Bud Carrouche about potential ethics violations linked to the board, including the hiring of his son at a golf club owned by the board.  Carrouche's response: "Oh no."

Lee Zurik Investigation: Board doesn't like ‘Playing With Fire’

The New Orleans Fire Pension Board sent a letter to all of its membership, blasting a series of stories by FOX 8 News. Our Playing With Fire series questioned spending, salaries, investments and the employment of the board's CEO.

Lee Zurik Investigation: ‘Playing With Fire’ and pointing fingers

For every tax dollar you pay to City Hall, 10 cents go directly to the New Orleans Firefighters Pension Fund to help fill a huge cash shortfall. A  recent audit shows its funding shortfall at $270 million -- that comes to about $750 per New Orleanian.

Lee Zurik Investigation: ‘Playing With Fire’… and Joe Meals

What would you do with 50 dollars? Grab a casual bite to eat, maybe fill up your car with gas. For every New Orleanian, $50 of their money will likely have to go into the New Orleans Firefighters Pension and Relief Fund -- for the failure of one investment.

Lee Zurik Investigation: ‘Playing With Fire’ on a Monopoly board

To you, money may be green.  But the mayor of New Orleans says money comes in all different colors for the New Orleans Firefighters Pension and Relief Fund, just like in the game Monopoly.

Lee Zurik Investigation: IG to examine allegations of 'Playing With Fire'

New Orleans Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux says he plans to do an audit on the New Orleans Firefighters Pension and Relief Fund.  It follows our findings, laid out in three stories that questioned salaries, spending and whether the board broke the law.

Lee Zurik Investigation: Hampton not only one 'Playing With Fire'

Richard Hampton's position with the New Orleans Firefighters Pension Board appears to be a Louisiana anomaly.  We have questions about his employment, and whether he can serve as a board member and a paid employee.

Lee Zurik Investigation: Playing With Fire

You may not know it, but decisions by one public board could cost New Orleans taxpayers millions of dollars every year.  We examine the case of Richard Hampton, whose staggering pay raise at the New Orleans Firefighters Pension and Relief Fund has some observers shaking their heads.

Lee Zurik Investigation: ‘Playing With Fire’… at the wine bar

Why does a small pension fund, with only three employees and 10 board members, need 11 credit cards?  The New Orleans Firefighters Pension and Relief Fund gives a credit card to all but one board member.

Lee Zurik Investigation: Former Fire Pension Board head admits breaking state law

Bud Carrouche wouldn't answer our questions about the tens of thousands of dollars he put into his pocket every year. Now the former president of New Orleans Fire Fighter's Pension & Relief Fund admits he broke state law, following a series of FOX 8 investigations called Playing With Fire.

Lee Zurik Investigation: Lawmakers target N.O. Firefighters Pension Fund for reform

It's a fund that FOX 8 examined in our "Playing with Fire" investigative series. That investigation lead to ethics charges being filed against two members of the pension board.

'Playing With Fire' update: Pension board to review card use

The Firefighters Pension Board's policy states they have an expense review committee.  The problem is they never created one, until Thursday.