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3 Louisiana sheriff’s deputies accused of payroll fraud

June 27, 2019
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This photo provided by Louisiana State Police shows Jonathan Treadway. Louisiana State Police say three sheriff’s deputies are accused of getting themselves paid for time they didn’t work during a campaign against drunk driving. A news release says troopers arrested Rapides Parish Deputies, Treadway, Matthew Davis, and David Billings on Thursday, June 27, 2019, on charges of malfeasance, public payroll fraud, and injuring public records. (Louisiana State Police via AP)

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — Louisiana State Police say three sheriff’s deputies are accused of getting paid for time they didn’t work during a campaign against drunk driving.

A news release says troopers arrested Rapides Parish Deputies Matthew Davis, Jonathan Treadway and David Billings on charges of malfeasance, public payroll fraud, and injuring public records.

Master Trooper Daniel “Scott” Moreau (MOH-roh) says the sheriff’s office asked state police to investigate discrepancies found during an internal audit of the “Safe and Sober Campaign,” a high-visibility safety campaign held in September.

Moreau says investigators couldn’t find citations which the deputies said would support their claims.

He says information about the number of hours and amount of money involved is being sent to Rapides Parish prosecutors.

The deputies were arrested Thursday. It’s unknown if either has an attorney.

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