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New Orleans OIG files ethics complaint against sheriff's auditor

New Orleans, La.- Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux filed a formal complaint with the Louisiana Ethics Commission about the person who conducted the 2012 audit for the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office.

Quatrevaux's letter lodges a conflict of interest and misrepresentation complaint against Albert "Joey" Richard, III. Quatrevaux also filed a complaint with the State Board of Certified Public Accountants.

In the complaint, Quatrevaux says Richard attested to his independence when he submitted the 2012 Sheriff's Office audit. But Quatrevaux says Richard "is and has been the Sheriff's Campaign Treasurer for many years and has an indisputable conflict of interest."

As a result, the Inspector General contends, the audit is "compromised and cannot be relied on."  

In a statement, Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman shot back, calling the accusations "ridiculous and baseless" and insinuated political motives behind the complaint. 

"It is quite apparent that the city — the employer of the Inspector General — is a major party of interest in the litigation and is directing the scope and timing of the Inspector General's activities," said Gusman in the statement.

You can find the letter and other reports from the Office of Inspector General on the IG's website at http://www.nolaoig.org

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