Mayor-Elect Cantrell avoids questions about credit card investigation

Latoya Cantrell speaks at luncheon ahead of court hearing

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Mayor-Elect Latoya Cantrell said very little about the ongoing criminal investigation against her as she arrived to speak at the Algiers Economic Development Foundation luncheon Wednesday.

"I'm learning more from the media," said Cantrell.

Attorney General Jeff Landry issued a subpoena for Cantrell last week showing that the investigation into her credit card use is well underway. A hearing is set Friday morning for Landry's push to get all Orleans Parish Criminal Court judges to recuse themselves from the investigation. Cantrell says she will not be present in court.

At this time, Cantrell has not been found to have broken any laws, but public records show questionable purchases made with Cantrell's council-issued credit card. The charges include drinks, candies, turkeys and feminine products. Cantrell paid back more than $4,000 to the city just days before she qualified for the  mayor's race.

Once inside the event today, Cantrell spoke about her plans for the city's future.

"Because we need a plan of action to not only hold me accountable, but to also make sure we are doing what we say, and we have to deliver on the ground," Cantrell said.

The mayor-elect told the Algiers crowd that she's focused on creating a transition team, and that some of her priorities include crime, infrastructure and the economy.

As the luncheon ended, Cantrell exited through the kitchen and a back door with nothing more to say.

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