BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana’s attorney general isn’t recommending prosecution of two former Wildlife and Fisheries workers accused of keeping state-owned equipment paid with oil spill recovery money.
A spokeswoman for Attorney General Jeff Landry said Tuesday the office isn’t suggesting Baton Rouge’s district attorney pursue charges against Eric Newman and Monique Savoy.
Ruth Wisher said Landry’s office “determined there is currently insufficient evidence for a successful prosecution.”
A June 2017 investigative report from the Legislative Auditor’s office said auditors looking for $55,000 in missing state-owned fishing equipment believe they found many of the items with Newman and Savoy. The Department Wildlife and Fisheries paid for the equipment with BP money received after the 2010 Gulf oil spill.
Vincent Wynne, attorney for Newman and Savoy, says the audit was filled with inaccuracies.