Henderson's top cops working on plea deal
HENDERSON - Two of Henderson's top police officers accused of offering payouts for other officers to write more traffic citations are negotiating with prosecutors on a plea deal.
Police Chief Leroy Guidry and Deputy Chief Oliver Mack Lloyd each face charges of public payroll fraud, malfeasance in office and filing false public record. If convicted, both could face up to 12 years behind bars.
The trial was supposed to happen this week after being delayed several times, but both sides are working on a deal to resolve the case according to the District Attorney's Office.
Prosecutors say officers would be paid one hour of overtime for every two traffic citations written, or $15 per ticket written. The Inspector General's report states that in a taped audio conversation an unknown police officer asked Guidry if he was still paying officers $15 per ticket written on I-10.
Guidry replied, "Oh yea... oh yea... oh yea I still got the 15... 30 dollars an hour is what it's called... you know... we called it 30 dollars an hour... so we can identify it... so we can identify it hourly."
The report also states that the city of Henderson made $2.4 million from traffic citations from the Henderson Police Department from 2009-2011. That makes up 80 percent of the city of Henderson's annual revenue.