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JP Council chairman concerned hospital deal is in jeopardy

Has consultant controversy endangered a deal? (File photo) Has consultant controversy endangered a deal? (File photo)
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JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WVUE) -

The Jefferson Parish Council chairman says a multi-million dollar deal to lease the West Jefferson Medical Center is now in jeopardy because of the consultant hired to close the deal.

That consultant, Josh Nemzoff, has been at the center of a FOX 8 investigation.

In a letter sent to the council Wednesday, Chairman Chris Roberts said, "I suspect a closing with LCMC is becoming less likely as a result of recent deliberate and calculated shenanigans."

Roberts was referring to actions by Nemzoff that included taking out a full-page newspaper ad to criticize some council members.

FOX 8 uncovered that Nemzoff has been paid nearly $1 million in taxpayer money over the 18 months to advise the parish on hospital privatization deals, even though he wasn't turning in detailed invoices justifying his work.

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