Four La. state troopers arrested in fake overtime scandal

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Four Louisiana state troopers are indicted on multiple charges after being accused of payroll fraud Monday.

At approximately 1:30 p.m. on April 30, two current and two former Troopers were arrested on the heels of a six-month long investigation that led to the discovery of fake overtime being paid out through the Local Agency Compensated Enforcement (LACE) program.

According to a news release, LACE is a program that allows Troopers to conduct enforcement and provide a visible police presence within a specific parish to supplement local, parish, and state law enforcement.

Troopers work LACE outside of their regularly scheduled shifts and their overtime is paid for by the parish District Attorney.

“This is an extremely disappointing and sad day for the men and women of the Louisiana state police,” Col. Kevin Reeves tells us.

“Details are assigned in four hour blocks, not to exceed 12 hours in one day. The troopers must be in their assigned area for the duration of their detail.”

The arrests come after last year’s scandal involving another group of Troopers who charged overtime for a road trip they took to tourist destination while driving to a law enforcement conference in San Diego.

Current East Baton Rouge Parish officer Daryl Thomas was charged on 2 counts of filing false public records and 1 count of felony theft.

Current Rapides Parish officer Wayne Taylor was charged on 14 counts of injuring public records and 1 count of malfeasance in office.

Former trooper Byron Sims worked in Baton Rouge and was charged with 4 counts of filing false public records and 1 count of felony theft.

Former Trooper Jimmy Rogers worked in Calcaseieu Parish and is charged on 74 counts of injuring public records and 1 count of malfeasance in office. 

“We must hold ourselves accountable for our actions before we hold the public accountable for their actions,” said Col. Reeves.

Changes to the LACE program were imminent, following an initial investigation in New Orleans.

The investigation in this case is still ongoing.

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