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Investigative Unit: State police investigating WFPSO Captain

2 years 2 months 2 weeks ago August 07, 2014 Aug 7, 2014 Thursday, August 07 2014 August 07, 2014 5:46 PM in The Investigative Unit
Source: WBRZ
By: Chris Nakamoto

ST. FRANCISVILLE - Louisiana State Police have launched an investigation after allegations of wrongdoing surfaced within the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office.

West Feliciana Parish Sheriff Austin Daniel called on State Police last month to look at the alleged improprieties.

It all centers around Captain Michael Taylor. The WBRZ Investigative Unit has been looking into him for weeks. We requested all fuel expense reports and his time sheets.  What we found was alarming to some residents in St. Francisville.

Taylor is assigned a black Chevy Tahoe. He has a desk job but, according to fuel reports provided to WBRZ, Taylor stays on the go. Over the past three years, the documents show he's fueled up in places like:

  • Destin, Florida
  • Spanishfort, Alabama
  • Diamondhead, Mississippi
  • Pass Christian, Mississippi
  • Slidell, Louisiana
  • Metairie, Louisiana
  • Scott, Louisiana
  • Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
  • Ferriday, Louisiana
  • Coushatta, Louisiana

Time sheets the WBRZ Investigative Unit obtained that correspond to those fuel-ups show during some of the months Taylor was gone he used vacation hours. His fuel records show, despite having a desk job, he logs enough miles on average to drive to Disney World each week and averages about $800 per month on gas.

"It wasn't me sir," Taylor said when we questioned him about it. "Talk to my sheriff."

Sheriff Austin Daniel declined to comment on this case because state police are investigating. However, sources within the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office told News 2 Taylor's gas card should not have been used out-of-state.

The results of our investigation are raising eyebrows among the citizens in St. Francisville.

"It's stealing and it's wrong," Jullawne London said.

"It's our taxes that we work for that comes out of our checks to pay for his fun, his use," Ethan Dours said. "It's not right."

"If he's done something wrong, they need to investigate it," Thomas Rivers said.

Taylor would not answer any of our questions when we continued to press him. Instead, he appeared to have a smirk on his face.

People like London want to see procedures changed over this.

"People like me on a fixed income," London said. "Ain't nobody giving me gas."

State Police confirmed to the WBRZ Investigative Unit there is an investigation.  However, they would not elaborate.  We have learned the investigation could take about a month.

If you would like to see all of Taylor's fuel reports, click here.

For his time sheets, click the following years: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.

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