Cantrell credit card use now a criminal investigation

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
November 27, 2017 - 3:13 pm

An Orleans Parish Criminal District Court judge signed subpoenas this morning for three credit card accounts overseen by New Orleans Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell as a City Councilwoman, the court's judicial administrator confirmed this afternoon to the New Orleans Advocate. 

"The subpoenas, requested by Attorney General Jeff Landry's office, are the first signs that Cantrell's credit card use might rise beyond an issue in her successful mayoral bid and become a criminal matter," the paper reported.

Judicial administrator Rob Kazik wouldn't discuss specifics about the subpoenas other than to confirm they had been signed.

It comes after Cantrell paid back thousands of dollars in charges on her Council credit card that were for personal or campaign expenses.

She later told WWL Radio that it was a "damned if you do, damned it you don't" situation that arose after she reimbursed the city.

Today Cantrell spokesman David Winkler-Schmit said, "We just heard about the subpoenas, so at this point we are gathering information before taking any next steps," 

Click here to read more from the Advocate...

Click here to see a list of the charges Cantrell paid back and more information...

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