FBI Looks Into Illegal Activities by SWBNO Employees

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Will the corruption ever stop?

The FBI made a surprise visit to the SWBNO main office on Joseph Street this morning to gather what was thought to be payroll records of certain employees in the SWBNO plumbing department. WWL broke a story last night regarding what they called “a complex web of secret dealings” by SWBNO officials, city inspectors and contractors.

There appears to be a history of ongoing complicity between plumbers and individuals licensed at gasfitters- some of whom at SWBNO employees working on the side.

One person familiar with the type of investigations the FBI is usually involved in believes there must be more illegal activity going on than what has been identified so far.

The complete statement from SWBNO states, “Federal agents arrived this morning at our St. Joseph Street office to gain access to records kept within the Sewerage and Water Board’s Plumbing Department. SWBNO is in full cooperation but cannot make any further comments about the pending investigation.  The St. Joseph Street Customer Service Center remains open to serve customers today. The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans leadership condemns any illegal or unethical activity or behavior by any employee,” said Ghassan Korban, Executive Director.

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