Former sheriff’s deputy pleads not guilty in alleged off-duty detail scheme

Former sheriff’s deputy pleads not guilty in alleged off-duty detail scheme

Tuesday, April 5th 2016, 4:11 pm EDT

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – A former Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office colonel pleaded not guilty Tuesday in an off-duty detail scheme. He is charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

  • Effective Monday, Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman accepted the resignation of his second-in-command, Chief Deputy Jerry Ursin. The resignation came after the Louisiana Legislative Auditor released a report critical of the way the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office handles off-duty details worked by its deputies.

    Sources said Ursin is expected to face federal charges soon in connection with the detail program after an investigation by the FBI.

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Prosecutors allege while Roy Austin, 69, was with the sheriff’s office, he and others arranged for security details through private companies for local events.

They then schemed to defraud local entities by padding the billing documents with so-called “ghost employees.” They would then pad the invoices, investigators said.

A legislative audit released Monday revealed Austin may have operated his private security company while on the clock with the sheriff’s office.

His bond is set at $50,000.

 

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