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Mar 7, 2012 10:45 AM by AP

Parish may hire PI for workers' comp claims

JEFFERSON, La. (AP) - The Jefferson Parish council is considering hiring a private investigator to see if all those employees filing workers' comp claims are legit.

The Jefferson Parish Council could approve the search for a private investigator to look into suspicious injury claims.

The seven-member panel is expected to ask for statements of qualifications from interested firms at its Wednesday meeting.

The Times-Picayune reports that Councilman Chris Roberts said the request for a private investigator from Parish President John Young's administration raised eyebrows, considering several newly created positions are already in place to track fraud, waste and abuse within parish government.

But Parish Attorney Deborah Foshee says the private investigator's work falls beyond the scope of these new positions.

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