Louisiana state auditors to investigate BRAVE grant program

Baton Rouge, LA (PPN) – Controversy in the capital city continues as state auditors have received two requests to investigate the BRAVE program funding handled by Baton Rouge Mayor Weston Broome’s office.

Mayor Weston Broome cancelled a contract with community activist Arthur “Silky Slim” Reed amid public record requests. Reed allegedly would have been paid $9,800 for working 40 hours per week to be a counselor for at-risk youth.

Reed, an advocate against violence, turned his life around to help others and give back to the community.

East Baton Rouge Councilman Buddy Amoroso told WBRZ, “It appears to me its political favors being given out by the Mayor’s office.” Amoroso was under fire earlier this year for his corrupt actions.

In May 2017, Amoroso admitted to violating ethics laws and receiving $27, 069 from the Office of Community Development between 2016 and 2016 after failing to convince the Ethics Board to dismiss the investigation. He signed paperwork to pay $8,000 in fines.

Amoroso and Louisiana Law Enforcement PAC Executive Director Chris Stewart both requested an investigation into fiance records of the BRAVE grant program since Weston Broome took office early this year.

The Mayor stated that her office will review all contracts and will release a comprehensive report of their findings by August 7. She released the following statement Monday:

“I think public interest is extremely important and I support public engagement and transparency. I or the chief administrative officer will continue to do what I stated last week, which is to review every contract that comes through the Office of the Mayor-President to ensure quality, cost-effective services for the people of East Baton Rouge Parish. In addition, I have directed my administration to prepare a comprehensive report related to BRAVE contracts, projects, and funding. We will provide a status report to the media no later than Monday, August 7.”

Taxpayers spoke out about their concern of the alleged mishandling of grants by the Mayor’s office and others are still upset about Officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II receiving paid administrative leave for over a year after the shooting and killing Alton Sterling last July.

Click here to read Councilman Amoroso investigation request letter.

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