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Brusly chief indicted for theft, malfeasance

1 year ago Thursday, April 10, 2014 2:27:55 PM CDT April 10, 2014 Thursday, April 10 2014 Apr 10, 2014 in News
Source: WBRZ

BRUSLY - A grand jury handed up an indictment Thursday against Brusly Police Chief Jamie Whaley, who admitted to News 2's Investigative Unit earlier this year he used a city gas card to fill up his personal vehicle and boat with hundreds of dollars in fuel.

The indictment accused Whaley of theft and malfeasance in office for his actions.  It's a story the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit has done multiple stories on this year.  Whaley admitted to News 2 that he charged $1,122.75 to the town's fleet cards, and apologized to the town's residents.

"I used the town's fleet card to fuel my truck, yes I did," Whaley said earlier this year.

Today, he had nothing to say.

Investigators arrested Whaley this past January after investigating the purchases. FBI agents said Whaley initially denied the charges, until they showed him surveillance footage and paperwork showing his purchases, after which he admitted to making them.

"It's disheartening," Colonel Richie Johnson with the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office said. "People put their trust in us to enforce laws and not break them ourselves. So it's disheartening."

Whaley has not stepped down as Brusly Police chief, which is an elected position, and is currently working part time as a patrol officer for Plaquemine Police. The department's police chief, Orian Gulotta, said he's friends with Whaley and saw no issues with a man accused of theft investigating other crimes involving theft.

"Until he's convicted, he'll remain here," Gulotta said.

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