A state investigator accused of witness tampering will have to testify about his contact with a witness in the civil suit a company filed against the state of Louisiana, a state district judge ruled Tuesday (Oct. 7) in a Baton Rouge courtroom.
Client Network Services Inc. filed a wrongful termination suit against the state on May 6, 2013, after Gov. Bobby Jindal canceled the company's contract -- the largest ever awarded in state history -- to process Medicaid claims. CNSI, which is also the partial target of a simultaneously ongoing criminal investigation into the awarding of the contract, claimed Scott Bailey, an inspector in the Office of the Attorney General, said or did something to cause a witness in the civil case to change his deposition. State prosecutors deny Bailey committed any wrongdoing and maintained their right to question witnesses at any time.
CNSI's attorney Louis Unglesby suggested in court Tuesday that CNSI employee Steve Smith, who wrote a whistleblower email that eventually prompted investigations into the contract award, penned the email only after being intimidated by CNSI's competitors. That came through during Smith's first round of testimony given May 1, 2014, Unglesby said.
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