Plea deal reached in I-10 speed trap scheme
HENDERSON - There was a plea deal Monday in a ticket-writing scheme that involved a notorious speed trap at the western end of the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge.
Oliver Mack Lloyd pleaded guilty to false accounting and admitted his role in the I-10 ticket scheme, KATC TV reported on its website. KATC covers the western area of the Basin and shares content with WBRZ.com, covering the other end.
Lloyd was implicated in the scheme in 2013. Then, WBRZ.com first reported Lloyd and Chief Leroy Guidry faced charges of public payroll fraud, malfeasance in office and filing false public record for operating the ticket-writing circuit where officers would be paid one hour of overtime for every two traffic citations written or $15 per ticket written.
"These officers 'working overtime' would go out on Interstate 10, write tickets, and their compensation would be based solely and exclusively upon the number of tickets they wrote," prosecutors said in 2013.
KATC reported Lloyd was sentenced to a suspended six-month jail sentence and was fined $500 and placed on two years of probation. Guidry, who recently was re-elected chief, did not plead guilty but signed a statement admitting the scheme happened without his knowledge. The charges against Guidry have not been dropped, KATC reported, and the DA said his office is still monitoring the situation.
Henderson, a bayou town in St. Martin Parish, had to repay $16,000 in grant money to the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission since it covered overtime for speed enforcement.
The chief said officers will no longer soley patrol I-10 to write speeding tickets.
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