Former NOPD officer arrested, accused of defrauding Saint Patrick’s Church

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NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU)- A former NOPD officer is accused of defrauding a New Orleans church out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

According to investigators, 45-year-old Joseph Meisch has been charged with wire fraud.

The former NOPD officer, turned business manager for Saint Patrick’s Church in New Orleans, is accused of defrauding the church of more than $329,000.

Investigators say when Meisch worked as a business manager for the church, he used the church’s credit cards to purchase personal items.

He is also accused of transferring church funds into his personal account.

Meisch is a former head of homicide for the NOPD.

He was fired back in 2011 in connection with the death of a man at the hands of police officers in Algiers following Hurricane Katrina.

New Orleans Police Superintendent at the time, Ronal Serpas, said Meisch violated police rules and regulations in the Henry Glover case.

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