OPSO deputy resigns amid federal probe

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Posted on February 22, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 22 at 7:39 PM

David Hammer / Eyewitness News
Email: dhammer@wwltv.com | Twitter: @davidhammerWWL

NEW ORLEANS -- Orleans Parish Sheriff's Deputy John Sens resigned amid a federal investigation.

Sens was reassigned from director of purchasing when the federal probe began last year. A statement released by Sheriff Marlin Gusman's office last June said that Sens had been "relieved of his duties ... until recent questions about the construction of the Temporary Detention Center are resolved."

Gusman confirmed at that time that federal agents were investigating his office and that it had been served a grand jury subpoena, but he told WWL then that he didn't believe anyone in his department had broken the law.

Sources have told Eyewitness News that Sens is the focus of that grand jury probe regarding contracts connected to the building of a new temporary jail.

Records showed that 11 change orders were used to drive the price of the temporary jail up from $8.4 million to $9.6 million before it was substantially completed by Alabama-based DRC Group. Authorities are also looking into that company, which is owned by former New Orleans FBI agent Robert Isakson.

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