Insurance is a big area for abuse in local government. It usually
constitutes a sizeable dollar percentage of a town's contracts, and an
insurance broker who works in government can use his or her position to
get the insurance business of companies that do or want to do business
with the town. And insurance is an area few people understand, and
which no department, office, or board may be responsible for overseeing.
According to an
in the New Orleans Times-Picayune this week
, the discovery
of an insurance scheme brought down the Jefferson Parish president and
his top administrator (the parish attorney later resigned, as well).
Now, the state board of ethics has filed three dozen ethics charges
against them. Jefferson
(pop. 400,000) is part of New Orleans.