Questions raised about Sorrento Councilman and $77,500

Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 3:00pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 3:04pm

Recently Sorrento Mayor Mike Lambert received a phone call to inform him that a work crew had commenced to cut a section out of Main St., the small town’s primary thoroughfare. Lambert arrived on the scene to witness a work crew from a company named Circle M operating a concrete saw. The crew was attempting to remove a large section of the roadway between Trabeaux St. and Guedry St. in the southbound lane of travel.

The Creole has learned that a check in the amount of $77,500 drawn on Sorrento’s account was cashed by a company called Design & Build sometime in mid-2012 for the work being performed by Circle M a year later. The cancelled check is in the possession of Sorrento’s current town attorney and was signed by Councilman Randy Anny. The Creole has further learned that an investigation into the matter has been initiated by Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office (APSO).

We have also learned that Roy Maughan, Jr. is listed as the Registered Agent for both Design & Build and another company involved in this issue, H & O, according to the Secretary of State. Maughan Jr. happens to be the attorney for Councilman Randy Anny in a matter before U.S. District Court-Eastern District of Louisiana. Maughan denies any close or longstanding connection with Anny though Maughan confirmed that Anny owes a debt to Roy Maughan, Sr. which is evidenced by a promissory note on file in St. James Parish.

The existence of a contract between Sorrento and Design & Build Consultants, LLC was found, which pertained to the work in question. According to Councilman Anny, a Special Meeting was held approving both the contract and the payment in 2012. Still further investigation determined that Design & Build had subbed out the work to H & O, LLC which, in turn, apparently subbed it out to Circle M.

Randy Anny’s home was scheduled for sheriff’s sale on June 6, 2012, pursuant to Case No. 101,260 filed by J. P. Morgan bank in the 23rd Judicial District, only weeks before the supposed meeting occurred. The property was spared after payment to the plaintiff of $36,182.85.

Design & Build is a company that has been certified to receive special consideration in the awarding of government contracts due to the fact that its majority owner is a disabled veteran who happens to be an African-American.

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