09.21.2013

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General News

Perkins Coie Partner J Cabou was quoted in an article titled "Glendale officials' mishandling of funds may be a crime, report says." The article discusses how a former Glendale city manager and several other top administrators may have committed crimes by mismanaging millions of dollars in public money involving an employee-retirement program, according to a city-funded legal analysis.

“Glendale officials took appropriate action by forwarding the audit to the Attorney General’s Office, said Jean-Jacques Cabou, an attorney who specializes in white-collar defense cases for the Phoenix law firm Perkins Coie.

By hiring a respected former U.S. attorney to investigate the issue and acting on his team’s report, municipal officials are making a strong public-policy statement that employees are expected to follow the letter of the law, and that there are serious consequences for those who don’t, Cabou said.

“Your function is to pass that along,” he said. “It would seem quite strange, under the circumstances, for a city not to forward the matter to a prosecuting authority.”

However, pursuing the issue can consume time and attention that current employees potentially could spend on other municipal issues, he said.”