Jul 4, 2010 3:17 PM by Chris Welty

Overdue Evidence Room Rent Paid

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The City of New Orleans has paid more than
$92,000 in overdue rent payments to a warehouse owner who has been
housing the police department's evidence room.
WWL-TV reported on Sunday that the city had fallen three months
behind on its rent for a private storage facility used to store
evidence gathered by police in ongoing criminal cases.
The city followed through on a promise to pay up by the end of
the week, writing a check to its landlord Friday afternoon. The
total included more than $17,000 in interest and legal fees from
previous lawsuits.
The city has been renting from the building's owner, Robert
Maloney, since June 2007. Maloney previously took the city to court
when it fell behind on rent, even though the lease is funded 100
percent by FEMA.


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