WAGGAMAN, La. -- River Birch, the Waggaman landfill at the center of the Jefferson Parish corruption scandal, has been hit with a third civil RICO lawsuit.
Concrete Busters of Louisiana and Waste Remediation of Plaquemines amended their 2011 civil suit in Orleans Parish Civil District Court today, adding "racketeering" allegations to their complaint against River Birch and its owners Fred Heebe and Jim Ward.
Concrete Busters claims River Birch colluded with members of former Parish President Aaron Broussard's administration to stack the deck for Heebe and Ward's landfill -- which ended up with a monopoly in the area.
The case could produce records related to a continuing federal criminal probe of River Birch. Broussard and others have already pleaded guilty in federal court and have promised to cooperate with prosecutors in the case.
River Birch attorney Kyle Schonekas did not respond to calls for comment.