March 10, 2011 06:45
The Jefferson Report takes a closer look at some of the personal communications that link former Wildlife and Fisheries Commissioner Henry Mouton to what it calls "Louisiana's stinkiest landfill deal." The Jefferson Report takes a closer look at some of the personal communications that link former Wildlife and Fisheries Commissioner Henry Mouton of Lafayette to what it calls "Louisiana's stinkiest landfill deal." Mouton has been charged with conspiracy, receiving illegal payoffs and lying to the FBI. Read more about his troubles and alleged attempts to keep the Old Gentilly Landfill closed in this week's lead news story, "O, Henry."

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten alleges that Mouton used his authority as an appointed commissioner to contact federal agencies, elected officials and others to keep the landfill closed while he was taking a half million dollars in bribes from another landfill operator, identified only as "co-conspirator A" but believed to be Fred Heebe. Heebe owns River Birch Inc. with his stepfather, Jim Ward; its offices were raided by federal agents in September.

TJR got its hands on some of Mouton's emails. Read more here.