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State ethics board files charges against Brian Pope

Posted at 2:32 PM, Jan 31, 2019
and last updated 2020-03-10 11:53:57-04

LAFAYETTE, La. (KATC) — Brian Pope, the suspended City Marshal of Lafayette who has been convicted on felony counts and faces another felony indictment, has now been charged by the Louisiana Board of Ethics, public records show.

The charges, approved by a vote of the board on January 17, accuse him of receiving more than $300,000 in income to which he wasn’t entitled. The charges address his income in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

“The fees of the office due to Marshal received by Brian Pope from the City Court of Lafayette were not deposited into an operating account for the office of the City Marshal, but remitted to Brian Pope personally,” the charges state.

The charges also accuse him of receiving another $118,202 in “supplemental compensation” that he “was not duly entitled to receive” during those same years.

“Brian Pope instructed his staff to pay Brian Pope the supplemental compensation payment from the Marshal City Court of Lafayette,” the charges state.

The board voted to appoint two attorneys to handle the case and asked the Ethics Adjudicatory Board to conduct a hearing on the charges.

To read KATC’s coverage about Pope, click here.

Here are the charges:

Here is a timeline of Pope's charges since taking office: