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Felony trial of former Opelousas mayor set for Thursday

Posted at 2:16 PM, Sep 25, 2019

OPELOUSAS, La. — The felony trial of former Opelousas Mayor Reggie Tatum is set to begin Thursday morning.

Tatum, who was indicted in 2017, faces multiple charges of theft, forgery and malfeasance related to a nearly $13,000 overtime payment he received after the August 2016 floods.

He’s also accused of forging time sheets for some council members.

Despite his indictment, Tatum ran for re-election last year but was defeated in the primary against two members of the city's Board of Aldermen: Julius Alsandor and Tyrone Glover.

Alsandor won the following runoff to succeed Tatum as the current mayor of Opelousas.

Tatum will appear Thursday before Judge James P. Doherty, Jr., at the St. Landry Parish Courthouse in Opelousas at 9 a.m.