Suspended Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope has turned himself in to be booked on two new counts of malfeasance in office.
Pope was indicted again today – this time accused of malfeasance in office for depositing money owed to the Marshal’s Office into his personal account.
The indictment accuses Pope of two counts malfeasance in office.
In the first count, he’s accused of depositing $1,380.21 that was owed to the Marshal’s Office into his personal account. The grand jury alleges this happened between March 2018 and December 2018.
In the second count, he’s accused of depositing $1,867.60 owed to the Marshal’s Office into his personal account. The grand jury alleges this happened between May 2018 and December 2018.
In both cases, the grand jury alleges that Pope authorized a payment of Marshal funds to a conference, then asked for reimbursement from Lafayette Consolidated Government. When the reimbursement came in, instead of depositing it into the Marshal’s Office account – which had paid the bill – he deposited it into his personal account, the indictment alleges.
One of the payments was to the 2018 National Marshals and Constables Association Conference, which was held April 3-6, 2018 in Orange Beach, Alabama, and the other was to the Louisiana City Court Clerks Association Conference and Nuts and Bolts Conference.
Both of the charges are a felony.
They pile onto Pope’s existing issues: He faces sentencing in the convictions from his first indictment next week. A day after that, he faces a pretrial in his second indictment. And, he has pending charges filed against him by the state ethics board.
To read about Pope’s issues, check out our archive page here.