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Opelousas Mayor Reggie Tatum indicted on 15 counts

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A St. Landry Parish grand jury has indicted Opelousas Mayor Reggie Tatum on 15 counts that include charges of malfeasance, injuring public records, forgery and theft.

The charges filed against Tatum are: 

  • One count malfeasance in office 
  • Four counts injury of public records, for creating false time sheets for Marvin Richard, Tyrone Glover, Sherell Roberts and Julius Alsandor
  • Four counts filing false public records, for filing the false time sheets into the city's records
  • Theft of more than $10,000 but less than $25,000
  • Five counts of forgery, also related to the false timesheets

The charges stem from Tatum's filing for overtime for his self-appointed role as manager of a shelter he opened in Opelousas following the floods of August 2016. KATC Investigates uncovered Tatum's time sheets via public records requests and found that time sheets were also filed on behalf of council members.

When KATC spoke with some of those council members, they denied filing those time sheets, and they also denied asking for pay for their time at the shelter.

To read our story about that, click here.

The Legislative Auditor earlier this year investigated the case and suggested Tatum may have violated the law. To read our story about the audit, click here

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