Posted: Jul 18, 2013 6:16 PM by Akeam Ashford
Updated: Jul 18, 2013 6:22 PM
Formal charges have been filed against Henderson Police Chief, Leroy Guidry and his Deputy Chief Mack Lloyd. Each man is charged with one count each of public payroll fraud, filing false public records, and malfeasance in office.
The charges follow an Inspector General's Office investigation last year. According to court records, authorities allege a system was in place which tied an officer's pay to the number of tickets issued.
"Those charges are extremely serious, and for several reasons," says St. Martin Parish Assistant District Attorney Chester Cedars. "Number one, it's a felony, and number two in my view they constitute a breach of public trust."
According to state law, no state agency or law enforcement agency shall offer a financial reward or other benefit to a law enforcement officer. Invoices submitted by the police chief billed the state and the City of Henderson for more than $189,000 for tickets written. That's more than 12,000 tickets issued in 3 years.
Warren Ashy was hired to represent both officers in the case.
"My clients are life-long police officers who were diligently serving the community of Henderson and haven't done anything wrong," says Ashy.
A third man who worked part-time with the department is also facing charges. Randy Trahan is charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Trahan was hired as an officer to issue tickets along I-10.