Audit: 'Cajun Justice' sheriff owes $19,000 to state
HOUMA - A state audit finds Terrebonne's former sheriff must repay more than $19,000 and may have violated several state laws during his four years in office, including during filming of the reality TV show 'Cajun Justice.'
Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera tells The Courier copies of the report have been turned over to local, state and federal authorities.
The report says Vernon Bourgeois has agreed to repay the money but is doing so "under protest."
Other instances of misspending in the report include:
-Spending about $350,000 worth of inmate labor to renovate a Savanne Road building now used by a private contractor to house an inmate work-release program.
-Paying $988 to 12 deputies for 53 hours of work, the same hours they were being paid by a television production company for reenactments aired on the television series 'Cajun Justice.'