Oct 22, 2013 8:46 AM by AP
Former St. Tammany Parish Coroner Peter Galvan and his employees made more than $53,000 in purchases with taxpayer money that appear to have no public purpose.
The state Legislative Auditor, in a report released Monday on the coroner's office financial operations, said Galvin also appears to have used his position to benefit personally from a contract he held as a private physician with the City of Slidell to treat inmates at the city jail. The audit covered a wide range of expenditures.
Galvan, coroner since 2000, resigned late Friday after being charged in a bill of information with conspiring to steal money from the coroner's office. He pleaded not guilty last week, but is scheduled to be re-arraigned Wednesday.