Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Gov. Haley Barbour's niece continues to be the object of federal scrutiny over Hurricane Katrina contracts. Last Thursday, FBI agents raided the Mississippi office of Alcatec LLC, owned by Rosemary Barbour. Rosemary Barbour is married to Hinds County Superintendent Charles Barbour, who is Haley Barbour's nephew.
The FBI confirmed it had warrants to search Alcatec's offices, in Brooklyn, Miss., but gave no details on their target.
The U.S. Department of Labor has been investigating Alcatec since 2006, after former employees accused the company of violating labor laws by withholding wages and overtime pay for some employees.
Alcatec won a five-year contract, worth more than $299 million, to maintain FEMA trailers following Hurricane Katrina.