WILL LAW APPLY EQUALLY TO MAYOR PERKINS & ZACHARY MOFFETT?
Sunday, February 9, 2020 … 2:53 P.M.
There’s just no way around it for me.
Two developing Shreveport news stories mirror one another as to fact and intent, but we must wait to see if the offenders will be treated equally under law.
Two young men are featured in the story, Shreveport attorney Zachary Moffett and Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins.
Both, we have learned, seem to have pilfered the money of others.
For any who are unfamiliar with the facts, here is what we have learned.
Mr. Moffett is said to have taken $4,000 in total from two “victims,” the word used – I would say appropriately – on the website of our Caddo Parish Sheriff (SEE link #1 below).
Each of those victims were Moffett’s clients. He is charged with taking $1,500 from one and $2,500 from the other. The criminal investigation found that he took the money, but “never filed any paperwork in either case.”
Moffett, as law and practice predicts, was arrested, charged with theft, booked into the Caddo Correctional Center, and released on bond.
One, two, three, four.
With thanks to the City Hall sources who have shared pertinent facts, the case of Mayor Perkins seems the same as to law and intent.
Mayor Perkins wanted to drive a Tesla automobile. Thus, he directed our Purchasing Office to make that happen. The Purchasing Office refused, explaining that such would be against City law. (SEE link #2 for my six-days-ago article.)
Put mildly, we are told, Mayor Perkins took the rejection very poorly, and slapped out a directive said to have been backed by his City Attorney.
(No City Attorney in Shreveport is “ours” … only a mayor’s.)
When the smoke cleared, Perkins scored $5,850 from taxpayers … $450 per month for thirteen months, each month of 2019 and one month of this year.
Done deal. Perkins is now driving a Tesla. (SEE link #3.)
Under law, however, Perkins was due not one penny … and he knows it.
In 2019, our mayor was not only provided a city vehicle – a 2015 Dodge SUV – but was also driven around by his likewise taxpayer-provided security detail.
The SUV was specifically assigned to the mayor’s office.
As if all of this is not enough, Perkins has rejected the personal appeals of two City Council members to return the $5,850 (one of whom is already making excuses for him).
The release of a report from the city’s Internal Auditor is imminent. Then, of course, there is the matter of investigation by law enforcement, as in the case of Mr. Moffett.
No matter what the mayor does, or who he does it to, the law is not in question: no mayor can have both a “car allowance” and a city vehicle.
Perkins was clearly told that by responsible city officials. He promptly demonstrated that he does not care a bit about any of that.
Yes, Mayor Perkins has proven that he can scare city employees into giving him thousands of taxpayer dollars which law denies him.
Yes, a whitewash of some kind can now be fairly expected from this mayor and his staff.
No matter any of that, the mayor has a problem: Zachary Moffett …
… walking, living, breathing proof of how like law for like offenses applies to him … and to Mayor Perkins.
© 2020 Elliott Stonecipher … ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
1. News release, Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator, Wednesday, February 5, 2020:
2. Elliott Stonecipher, February 3, 2020, “Sources Confirm Whispers About Money for Perkins’ Car,” Thursday, February 6, 2020:
3. KTBS Television, Gerry May, February 5, 2020: