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Kentwood Police Chief indicted in missing evidence case

Kentwood Police Chief indicted in missing evidence case
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POSTED: Friday, September 6, 2013 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Friday, September 6, 2013 - 5:34pm

The chief of the Kentwood Police Department has been indicted in connection with a missing evidence case, prosecutors from the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office said.

Gregory Newton, 59, was indicted today by a Tangipahoa Parish Grand Jury on one felony count of malfeasance in office and one felony count of unauthorized use of a movable. Each count carries a prison sentence of up to five years and a fine of up to $5,000.

Louisiana State Police began an investigation last December after receiving a citizen complaint alleging that approximately $2,000 in currency recovered from a burglary had been misappropriated by the Kentwood Police Department. Newton, who was the sole guardian of the missing evidence, is accused of tampering with the cash.

The Louisiana Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting the case at the request of 21st Judicial District Attorney Scott Perrilloux, who recused his office from the case.

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