Aug 31, 2010 7:19 PM by Shawn Kline

LHA Assistant Director driving under suspended license

More controversy swirling around the Lafayette Housing Authority.
KATC learned the Assistant Director has been driving a government vehicle with a suspended license.
This is the latest in a series of stories KATC has uncovered since an audit found more than $400,000 of mishandled funds.
Here's a short history:
Auditors found unreasonable pay for a handful of agents in the Disaster Assistance Program.
The Board of Commissioners later removed those agents, but Parish-President Joey Durel used his authority to remove six of the seven board commissioners .
Then on Monday, protesters rallied outside the housing authority demanding Durel's resignation and the re-instatement of the removed board members.
Assistant Director Jonathon Carmouche's suspended license adds yet another wrinkle to the fiasco.
KATC found a copy of a speeding ticket State Police gave Carmouche back in February.
Then in June, 18th District Attorney Richard Ward sent Carmouche a notice, telling him his license was suspended.
At the time of ticket, Carmouche was driving an SUV paid for by HUD.
Housing Authority officials say Carmouche was on official business heading to the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency.
In April, Carmouche failed to appear in court for this ticket prompting the District Attorney to suspend his license on June 1st.
Since then, Carmouche has been driving HUD vehicles without an active license.
Carmouche's boss, Director Walter Guillory says he's not going to comment on that at this time.

KATC later discovered the fine on the ticket was paid. The date? The same day of this article- August 31st.


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