Investigators looking into possible perjury by former Louisiana health chief

By Laura Maggi, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

After Bruce Greenstein took the helm of the state Department of Health and Hospitals in September 2010, he made “hundreds of phone calls” and exchanged “thousands of text messages” with a company he previously worked for that was seeking a lucrative agency contract,Gov. Bobby Jindal‘s administration said last month. In a letter to Client Network Services Inc., a state official explained that the state took away the contract almost two years after awarding it because these interactions “created an unfair advantage.”

That finding sharply contrasts with earlier assertions by Greenstein — some made, under oath in a state Senate confirmation hearing — that he had limited involvement with the contract and the companies vying to win it. With both federal and state investigators now looking at the contract, the administration’s new assertions raise questions about whether Greenstein lied about his actions and if those statements could amount to perjury.

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