COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) - A St. Tammany Parish grand jury has indicted former district attorney investigator Louis Dabdoub for making false statements in the arrest of a Covington restaurant operator.
The grand jury proceedings are secret, but sources say they are looking into a 2011 incident involving investigators who worked under former DA Walter Reed.
Those investigators, Dabdoub and Sam Gebbia were allegedly involved in the arrest of Ricky Cambre, who at the time was the operator of the Ground Pati on Highway 190 in Covington. He had been embroiled in a tenant dispute with AP Marullo, the owner of the property, who sources say was an old friend of Reed.
Cambre was arrested for failing to pay thousands of dollars in alleged property damage to Marullo. It should have been a civil matter. Ultimately, the criminal case against Cambre was dropped and the DA's office paid him a $40,000 settlement.
By settling, a criminal watchdog says the DA's office admits that an innocent man was prosecuted for the better part of two years.
A number of former assistant district attorneys have been called to testify about the case. An attorney close to the case says what the investigators in this case did was "beyond the pale."
A judge set bond at $25,000.