New Orleans mayor under investigation for spending $14,000 on bodyguard trip to Dubai with her amid allegations of affair
Doubts still loom over the mayor of New Orleans LaToya Cantrellwho faces charges not only of misusing taxpayer funds but also of having an extramarital affair with recently divorced NOPD officer Jeffrey Fabey, a cop often tasked with providing security for the politician.
The FBI has been investigating Cantrell, and at the center of its investigation is the city-owned Upper Puntalba apartment where the two were seen together while Fabi was off duty.
Local news outlet Fox 8 Live reported that it was told by sources familiar with interviews conducted by federal investigators that FBI agents had recently asked questions about Cantrell and Fabi’s relationship and the time they spent together at the apartment.
The New Orleans City Council later banned Cantrell and any future mayors from using the apartment.
Fabi’s wife filed for divorce after news reports emerged indicating her husband might be cheating on the mayor. Some reports say the two have been seen partying together in Los Angeles and as far away as Scotland.
In court documents, Fabi’s wife He said He admitted that he was in a relationship with “Mrs. LC”, who many believe was Cantrell. However, both the officer and the mayor denied the allegations, insisting that their relationship was “professional.”
The latest audit was launched by Fox 8, which requested all invoices, receipts and travel reimbursements for Cantrell and all members of her group traveling to Dubai. Documents were released by the city on January 18, showing expenses of $15,000, with the majority of those resources going to Fabi’s travel.
The purpose of Cantrell’s December 2023 trip was to attend a climate action conference organized by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. During the conference, Cantrell, the first woman elected mayor of New Orleans, addressed coastal restoration initiatives in Louisiana and proposed improvements to the city’s sewer system.
Round-trip airfare and first-class hotel accommodations in Cantrell cost more than $24,000, but the Mayors’ Conference covered those costs. The city covered $1,300 of Cantrell’s spending money, while $14,000 of Faby’s travel expenses (economy airline ticket, hotel fee, and per diem) were also paid for by New Orleans taxpayers, according to Fox 8.
Cantrell has previously made headlines for her spending on security and has maintained that the money allocated for her protection is an indispensable expense for her administration.
And in late 2022, after the city attorney and chief administrative officer found that it had violated a policy prohibiting the use of first-class flights at public expense in most cases.
Cantrell has faced criticism for… Spending tens of thousands of dollars Of the city’s money on first-class travel to France and Switzerland.
During a September 2022 press conference, she defended her choice by emphasizing that she could not choose economy class, citing concerns about the safety of Black women on certain commercial flights.
Not all expenses incurred in doing business on behalf of the City of New Orleans will be reimbursed to the City of New Orleans. “One thing is clear: I am doing my job,” she said.
The following month, Cantrell reimbursed the city for the $29,000 she spent on her trips to European countries.