A Louisiana bus company is prepared to take legal action against Hinds County Supervisor Kenneth Stokes.
Last January, Louisiana Motorcoach sent three busloads of student marching band members to Jackson for the Martin Luther King Junior Parade. They were not paid in advance, but had a document signed by Supervisor Stokes as a payment agreement.
Louisiana Motorcoach General Manager Louis Sanders tells us today that he still hasn't been paid a dime of the $4,500 he's owed. With interest, Sanders says, the amount is now $5,000.
Sanders says he talked to Stokes on Friday.
"He acknowledges that he owes the money, yet I gave him several opportunities to give a credit card number to resolve the issue. He did not. He refused the fact that we have a signed document on County Board of Supervisor letterhead with his signature on it, now he's saying someone forged his signature," Sanders tells us. "He's also gotten to name calling. He called me a liar and a fool, which I didn't appreciate."
We asked Sanders what Stokes claimed he was lying about.
"Everything. That I spoke to him a year ago. That we have the paperwork with his signature on it," Sanders tells us.
Supervisor Stokes could not be reached for comment on Friday.
Last year, Stokes told us he had asked churches to come up with the funds to pay the bus bill, and he had collected $2,000. Sanders wants to know where that $2,000 went.
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