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Louisiana Public Service Commission says Jared Caruso-Riecke, contrary to his claims, never worked for agency

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Louisiana Public Service Commission says Jared Caruso-Riecke, contrary to his claims, never worked for agency

It’s not at all clear the motive behind or the advantage gained by Jared Caruso-Riecke’s claim that he served as a compliance officer for “multiple regulatory agencies,” including “the Louisiana Public Service Commission,” but it now seems that was a misrepresentation of his professional background.

Caruso-Riecke was appointed to the State Police Commission in June 2016 by Gov. John Bel Edwards.

His Linkedin page says that in 2002, “Mr. Riecke expanded his management roles and business interests by becoming President and CEO of Southeastern Louisiana Water and Sewer Co. (SELA), a private (family held) water and waste water utility serving approximately 64,000 residents in the St Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes.”

But then, he went on to say that he “served as compliance official for multiple regulatory agencies including the Louisiana Public Service Commission, among many others.”

But a check with the office of Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell of Elm Grove, who represents all or part of 24 parishes in north Louisiana, indicated no history of employment of Caruso-Riecke by the PSC.

In a telephone interview on Tuesday, Campbell said it would be “inappropriate” for anyone who owned or operated any utility regulated by the PSC to also work for the agency. “That would be wrong,” he said.

Today, Colby Cook of Campbell’s office wrote in an email to LouisianaVoice, “Commissioner Campbell’s office forwarded your request to the LPSC’s main office in Baton Rouge where such records would be located. After researching your request, no employment records could be located for Jared Caruso-Riecke.”

Caruso-Riecke’s continues to be mentioned as a person of interest in the April 2012 murder of his business partner, Bruce Cucchiara in New Orleans East. He was interviewed once by detectives but has since refused to consent to a second interview.

His company, SELA, held a $2 million life insurance policy on Cucchiara.

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