April 08, 2013 at 11:43 AM, updated April 08, 2013 at 11:52 AM
When asked if Staves is assisting in a broader investigation of HANO, her attorney, Marion Floyd, said, "No comment."
"Ms. Staves has accepted full responsibility for her actions in the case and is extremely remorseful," Floyd said. "She understands the severity of the restitution aspect and will take every step within her power to repay the amount in question."
Staves, who worked at HANO until 2009 and is currently employed at Delgado Community College, funneled money to Youngblood, her former co-worker, by creating false paperwork, including purchase orders for debris removal or supplies, according to a Feb. 27 bill of information filed in federal court. She secured the needed supervisor sign-off by including paperwork for the fake work along with paperwork for legitimate vendors.
HANO ended up issuing Youngblood 135 checks, The totals were kept under $15,000 so that no additional supervisor signature was needed, according to documents.
Youngblood would deposit the checks and bring Staves cash. The two would meet at the HANO office, in the parking lot, or the lots of nearby gas stations or restaurants, according to the document.
Staves deposited about $100,448 in cash into her bank accounts between 2007 and 2009. Youngblood also paid subcontractors to work on rental property she owned at the end of 2007, using money the two stole from the federal agency, prosecutors allege.
From the New Orleans Times-Picayune