St Tammany DA Update – 7/26/14

St. Tammany Hospital hired DA’s office, not Walter Reed personally, records show

Heather Nolan – NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Lee Zurik – WVUE Fox 8 News

St. Tammany Parish Hospital’s board authorized a $30,000 annual retainer with the district attorney’s office as an agreement with the public office, and not with District Attorney Walter Reed personally as he has maintained, board records show.

The hospital released the records late Friday, saying it had not provided the documents earlier “because we do not want to impede an ongoing investigation.” The statement was the first public indication that authorities investigating the embattled Reed are also probing the hospital payments.

Reed declared the $30,000 annual retainer as personal income in sworn financial disclosure forms filed with the state since 2008, the first year the disclosures were required. That means the district attorney has claimed receiving $180,000 in personal income from the hospital between 2008 and 2013.

After NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune and WVUE Fox 8 News highlighted the payments in May, Reed said the money was paid to him by the hospital for legal services he provided as a private attorney.

But Patti Ellish, the hospital’s CEO, has maintained that the hospital’s arrangement was with the District Attorney’s Office – not with Reed personally.

See here the documents.

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