POSTED: Sunday, March 10, 2013 - 1:00pm
UPDATED: Sunday, March 10, 2013 - 1:04pm
PLAQUEMINES PARISH, LA — A Port Sulphur man has been arrested for for payroll fraud while working for the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office.
On March 6, members of the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office began investigating Norman E. Phillips, Jr., 35, after receiving a complaint in reference to payroll fraud and malfeasance in office.
The investigation revealed that on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, Phillips worked an off-duty paid detail during the same time he was working a regular 12 hour shift.
Investigators obtained paperwork that Phillips submitted, which confirmed the allegation. Phillips was compensated by the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office for the off-duty detail and the 12 hours of scheduled work.
On March 6, Phillips was called in for an interview and met with Detectives, at which time he admitted that he worked the off-duty detail while he was on duty and that was compensated for both assignments.
At the conclusion of the interview, Phillips was arrested by the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Bureau and transported to the Belle Chasse Lockup, where he was booked accordingly. Phillips’ total bond was set at $12,500. He was subsequently released after posting bond.
At the time of his arrest and termination, Phillips was assigned to the 2nd District Patrol Division as a Patrolman. He had been employed with the Sheriff’s Office since November 16, 2007.
Phillips was charged with Malfeasance in Office and Public Payroll Fraud.