WWL's Garland Robinette Thanks Prosecutors For Dropping Landfill Probe
March 11, 2013 at 3:55 AM (PT)
The federal government has closed its investigation into bribery allegations in connection with a controversial landfill project in the NEW ORLEANS area, and the NEW ORLEANS TIMES-PICAYUNE is reporting that ENTERCOM Talk WWL-A-F/NEW ORLEANS host GARLAND ROBINETTE, who took a $250,000 interest-free loan in OCTOBER 2007 from the owner of the landfill while previously criticizing on the air the reopening of the landfill's competitor, has thanked prosecutors for ending the probe and is "reasserting his innocence in the matter."
ROBINETTE has previously admitted to taking the loan from RIVER BIRCH LANDFILL owner FRED HEEBE, a friend of ROBINETTE's, and has repaid the loan with like-valued real estate. He has noted that he did not discuss the landfills on the air after the loan was made.
The RIVER BIRCH operation had been under federal investigation for alleged bribery of a state official with $460,000 in order to get the government to close the competition posed by the OLD GENTILLY LANDFILL, but the investigation was closed on FRIDAY with no charges being filed.
A statement from ROBINETTE's attorney expressed his gratitude to prosecutors and reiterated that he "had never done anything wrong. GARLAND and his family are glad they can now put this behind him."