J.P. Morgan Chase alleged in foreclosure proceedings that Thompsonand her husband, controversial contractor Eric Thompson, owed $247,000 behind onmortgage payments on their home in a gated subdivision in Harvey.
No one answered several calls this week placed to the number listed for Anatola Thompson in public records, and an automatic message indicated the mailbox was full. Eric Thompson did not return a call Thursday morning concerning the foreclosure.
Thompson originally was hired into former Parish PresidentAaron Broussard's administration in 2004.As community development director, she was responsible for administeringhousing and disaster recovery programs funded by the federal Department ofHousing and Urban Development.
The Sheriff's Office seized the Thompsons' home in May and triedunsuccessfully 11 times to serve them. After the first six attempts, JudgeDonnie Rowan of the 24th Judicial District Court appointed Kennerattorney Frank Brindisi to serve notice, but the Sheriff's Office failed tofind him, too. Brindisi said he's not sure why he didn't receive the notice butthat he would retrieve it from the courthouse.
Thompson formed Reliance Consulting and Management Group atthe home on Magnolia Trace Drive seven days after she resigned, according to Secretaryof State records. Thompson stated in incorporation papers that the company'spurpose is "engaging in any lawful activity for which limited liabilitycompanies may be formed."
Her husband is a brother-in-law of former Parish CouncilmanByron Lee, who left office in 2012. In October 2005, three weeks after EricThompson formed a company called Debris Management, the firm received a $250,000payment fromthe River Birch Inc. landfill company, a heavy campaign contributor to ByronLee, WWL television reported in May. Debris Management then paid $46,000 to HometownInvestment Group, acompany thatLee and Eric Thompson had formed together, according to the report. Lee voted in 2009 to award River Birch an exclusive$160 million parish contract.