Whaley accused of stealing guns, forging checks
BRUSLY - State investigators accused former police chief Jamie Whaley Wednesday of stealing seven guns from the Brusly Police Department and forging checks to get extra cash.
Detectives booked Whaley into the West Baton Rouge Parish jail on new malfeasance charges, as well as theft and forgery charges. Whaley pleaded guilty to other malfeasance charges in April and stepped down as police chief.
News 2's Investigative Unit first reported that the Louisiana Inspector General was looking into Whaley's actions on May 28, when the IG's Office searched his house and took several boxes of evidence. According to an affidavit of probable cause filed Wednesday, Whaley took seven guns from the police department and gave them to a registered firearms dealer, who sold five of them and gave two others to Whaley's friends. The affidavit said Whaley also made out two checks for a total of $600, signing them and forging a second signature onto them before he cashed them.
Investigators said when they asked Whaley if he signed both names on the checks, he told them "I could have."
Whaley had no comment as he walked out of the jail past News 2's cameras Wednesday. Back in February he admitted to News 2 Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto he had taken more than $1,000 worth of fuel using Brusly's fleet card in order to fill up his personal truck and boat. A judge sentenced Whaley to 18 months probation in that case, but the new charges do not affect his probation because they came out of the ongoing investigation.
News 2's Chris Nakamoto will have more on this latest arrest coming up at 4, 5, and 6.