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:
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.