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|Attorney General seizes Ferriday city records; Mayor says it's political|
Mayor Gene Allen said computer records were retrieved today from Ferriday Town Hall, but said the action was politically motivated.
Doors were locked at town hall for two to three hours after the arrival of officials with the Louisiana Attorney General's Office.
A statement was released by Tammi Arenda Herring on behalf of Attorney General James D. "Buddy" Caldwell at 2:05 p.m. today:
"The Attorney General's office has been requested to render technical assistance by using its equipment to facilitate the Legislative Auditor in reviewing funds and expenditures in the town of Ferriday. No inference is to be drawn from this assistance other than technical assistance available from special units and equipment maintained by the office of Attorney General. The AG routinely provides this assistance at the request of various state agencies."
"It's all political," Allen said early this afternoon. "There's some people who are friends with the Legislative Auditor and Attorney General's Office who had this done a few days before the election thinking it will slow people down who are voting for me, but it's not going to slow anybody down. We're still going to get the people out and get re-elected. They should have come in a long time ago."
Legislative auditors have been at town hall on occasion during past weeks reviewing financial records and daily financial activities.
Around 1:15 p.m., Allen emerged briefly from the building after the doors were unlocked and waived to a small group of onlookers assembled outside.
He said computer records were taken "because there are discrepancies in the water billing system. There have been some discrepancies with Red Gum Water and some people who have moved off without paying their bills."
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