A former CATS board member is facing state ethics charges related to his alleged use of bus system funds to pay personal bills.
Montrell Jovan Henderson McCaleb is accused of violating state law when he used $1,484.48 in Capital Area Transit System funds “to which he was not duly entitled.”
The charge document lists five instances in which McCaleb allegedly used CATS checks “without authorization” to pay satellite TV and cellphone bills. The activity occurred between Feb. 14, 2013, and May 10, 2013.
McCaleb is subject to civil penalties if he is found to have violated the law. Under Louisiana law, McCaleb could be assessed up to $10,000 for a violation as well as up to 1½ t imes the amount of economic advantage.
The case has been transferred to the Ethics Adjudicatory Board for hearing.
McCaleb was arrested in September 2013 on criminal charges of theft and access device fraud.
District Attorney Hillar Moore III said Monday the criminal charges against McCaleb are still pending. He said McCaleb has paid restitution on the funds he took from the agency and he doesn’t believe there was any other criminal activity. Because it’s McCaleb’s first offense, it’s possible the charges eventually could be dropped, Moore said.
McCaleb served on the CATS board from Jan. 11, 2012, until he resigned on July 30, 2013, amid the controversy. He publicly denied any wrongdoing.
The Ethics Board said McCaleb violated a state law that states that “no public servant shall receive anything of economic value, other than compensation and benefits from the governmental entity to which he is duly entitled for the performance of the duties and responsibilities of his office or position.”
The Ethics Board voted to file charges against McCaleb in secret session Aug. 14. The ethics agency made the document public Friday.