In a sensational legal filing, a former partner at Adams and Reese who is awaiting trial on charges that he stole $30 million from the firm claims that the firm has had a hand in scandals ranging from the WorldCom stock fraud to the abuse of Louisiana film tax credits.
The lawsuit also claims the New Orleans firm has made a practice of hiring former public officials, including former Jefferson Parish President Tim Coulon and former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial, and improperly using them to land clients with whom they had dealt as public officials. Coulon and Morial deny the claim.
The 73-page civil racketeering lawsuit reads more like a legal thriller than a court filing. It portrays accused thief Jamie Perdigao as a hard worker who was trying to stay within ethical boundaries while senior members of the firm pressured him into bending the rules to make money.
The suit does not make clear whether Perdigao has evidence to support his allegations.
Russell treats the allegations about bribery of William Jefferson as old news. While the allegation itself was made in Perdigao’s initial motion to recuse (which we reported on here), the complaint contains interesting details that I think make the story more eye-opening. It’s a shame Russell doesn’t set forth any of these nuggets.
The entry does set forth a witness list filed by Perdigao’s lawyer concerning the upcoming motion to recuse the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Interesting reading for anyone following this saga.