Former officer arrested after charging $1,450 to BRPD-issued gas card
BATON ROUGE - Authorities say they’ve arrested a former Baton Rouge Police Department employee after he used his department-issued fuel credit card to run up more than $1,450 in charges after he resigned from his position in the department.
31-year-old Christopher Guerra, of Denham Springs, was booked on multiple counts of access device card fraud at the conclusion of the investigation by the BRPD Financial Crimes Division.
Detectives said Guerra was issued a Voyager FuelTrac Card assigned to a marked police unit while he worked for the Baton Rouge Police Department. When he was given the card, Guerra was advised that it was only to be used for purchasing fuel for the assigned police unit at refilling stations previously approved by the department.
Police said Guerra resigned from his position with BRPD on Aug. 14 last year, but while he turned in his badge, he never returned the fuel card. Several months later, detectives learned that Guerra had continued to use the FuelTrac card about 50 times, totaling around $1,454 in purchases at several gas stations, without authorization from BRPD. The transactions took place from Aug. 16, two days after his resignation, and continued until Jan. 24, just days before his eventual arrest.
Investigators obtained still image photos and video surveillance footage of Guerra using the card at two different sites to pump fuel into his personal Ford F-150. On the occasions observed, police noted that Guerra used the BRPD-issued fuel card each time to pay for his gasoline.
Guerra was taken into custody without incident on Friday and booked into EBR Parish Prison.