Ex-St. Tammany coroner now faces state theft charges

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Posted: May 23, 2014 3:54 PM
Updated: May 23, 2014 3:54 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: peter galvan, coroner, st. tammany, theft

COVINGTON - Former St. Tammany Parish Coroner Peter Galvan, who is currently serving a two-year sentence in federal prison, now faces new state charges for allegedly using his public office for his personal financial gain.

Laura Gerdes Colligan of the St. Tammany Parish Attorney General's Office said a grand jury returned a three felony-count indictment for theft against Galvan on Friday.

It is estimated that Galvan stole a total of $584,969 from the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office, according to Colligan.

Galvan is currently serving a two-year jail sentence after pleading guilty in October to the federal charge of conspiring to steal government funds.

State prosecutors say that Galvan will now be held accountable for state charges and are seeking full restitution for the stolen funds.

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