Glasper calls on feds to investigate East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court’s Office

Former Metro Councilman Darrell Glasper is asking the U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana to investigate the East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court’s Office, including the allegations of misuse of public funds outlined in an audit and the alleged mistreatment of white workers in the office.

In a letter obtained by Daily Report, Glasper asks both U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and U.S. Attorney Walt Green to investigate Clerk of Court Doug Welborn, and his assistants, Greg Brown and Gerard Hall.

“It is my estimation as a former African American elected official and as a former investigator with the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney’s Office, the individuals listed above are untouchable,” reads the letter.

Glasper confirmed to Daily Report that he wrote the letter and it is his signature on the bottom, but he declined further comment. Glasper’s letter includes the names and contact information of 20 people, some current and past employees of the Clerk’s Office, who have “had their civil rights violated and have been discriminated against for exposing public corruption.”

An audit by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office released earlier this year showed execs in the Clerk of Court’s Office spent on average $102 daily going out to eat and was unable to show receipts for more than $8,200 in various purchases in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2015.

Welborn said in a response included in the audit that he reduced the number of meals reimbursed by his office.

The audit came out around the same time as a dozen employees were laid off earlier this year.

After the audit came out, East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore said he would investigate the allegations. When reached by phone this morning, Moore says his office is still looking into the matter.

U.S. Attorney Walt Green was attending the funeral for Baton Rouge Police Officer Montrell Jackson this morning and could not be reached for comment or to confirm if his office had received the letter.

—Ryan Broussard

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