City Attorney says he's working on file sought by Mayor

City Attorney Jacque Pucheu said Friday he is compiling a file requested by Mayor Bob Morris relative to Morris’ suspicions that fraud occurred on as-yet-unnamed city contract.

Morris said he had asked for the file by noon last Wednesday but had heard nothing from Pucheu.

“The mayor wants materials that I am having to obtain from a third party, through that party’s attorney. We are getting it together for him,” Pucheu said.

The city attorney also said he will provide Morris a copy of e-mail to him from Gerard Caswell, attorney for an unnamed client, proposing what Morris termed a “clandestine” meeting.

The mayor asserted Pucheu does not return his calls. Pucheu said he does.

He has told Morris that it might be best for the mayor to secure another attorney to follow up on Morris’ fraud assertions given friction between the two.

Morris said Friday he has taken initial steps to retain an out-of-town attorney.

The mayor’s claim of up to $300,000 in fraud is clear but details so far are sketchy. He will not pinpoint the contract or the entities he suspects.

He has been unable to get an investigative agency to take his case, so far.

And most of the correspondence between him and Pucheu is not public record, in their opinions.

Pucheu is asking counsel for the La. Municipal Association for affirmation of that opinion before formally responding to a public records request made this week for the documents.

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