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Opelousas Mayor Reggie Tatum pleads not guilty, trial set

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Opelousas Mayor Reggie Tatum pleaded not guilty Thursday in the flood-related overtime scandal that's led to his 15-count felony indictment.

Tatum did not appear in court. Judge James Doherty Jr. said during arraignment proceedings that Tatum had entered a written plea of not guilty through his attorney.

Doherty said Frank Olivier III will represent the mayor.

Tatum has now been placed on the docket for a May trial.

Tatum faces 15 counts that include felony theft, forgery, malfeasance, injuring public records and filing false public records.

KATC Investigates uncovered after the August 2016 floods that Tatum paid himself almost $13,000 in overtime, even though mayors are exempt from overtime payments during disaster response.

He's also accused of falsifying overtime time sheets for council members.

A St. Landry Parish grand jury indicted Tatum on Oct. 31.

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