A 33 count indictment was down against Broussard, his former wife Karen Parker and former Parish Attorney, Tom Wilkinson. The attorney for former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard said they will fight the conspiracy, theft and fraud charges.
The government contends Broussard and Wilkinson devised a scheme to defraud and hire Parker, who was a former assistant to Broussard and later became his wife.
At the urging of Broussard, Wilkinson hired Parker as a paralegal, but paid her well above every other paralegal. According to the government Parker had no paralegal experience.
The indictment also point out, Wilkinson’s pay increased 80% during Broussard’s tenure as Parish President. So in other words as Parker’s salary increased so did Wilkinson.
“The charges are serious,” said Defense Attorney Pat Fannin.
Fannin said it seems as though the government is using this indictment to catch bigger fish., those involved in the River Birch landfill investigation. Back in 2009 the River Birch signed a $160 million contract with the parish. It was learned later that the insrance company owned by Broussard’s top aide, Tim Whitmer, had business dealings with River Birch.
The government is looking at that being one of the reasons River Birch landed that big contract.
Fannin represents Whitmer. Fannin said the good news today is that his client was not indicted.