Two current and two former Troopers have been arrested on various charges as part of a six month investigation into payroll fraud. The four men allegedly claimed bogus hours and wrote fraudulent tickets as part of a highway safety program funded by district attorneys. State Police Colonel Kevin Reeves says it’s a disappointing day.
"The actions of a few of our troopers should not paint all of our troopers with a broad brush for their actions."
State Police launched an internal investigation into the actions of these troopers after a New Orleans T-V station showed surveillance video that showed two Troopers filed for overtime pay for hours they didn’t work. Reeves says changes have been made to this ticket-writing program.
"The assignments are finalized at least one week in advance of working the assignments to give us more oversight and control over when and where our troopers are working."
Trooper Daryl Thomas, a 23 year veteran of the State Police, was booked into the East Baton Rouge parish prison, along with former Trooper Byron Sims. Former trooper Jimmy Rogers faces 74 counts of injuring public records and was taken into custody in Calcasieu parish. Senior Trooper Wayne Taylor was processed in Rapides parish.
Reeves says this has been a long and unfortunate journey.