Opelousas’ new mayor seeks $9,000 a year pay increase _lowres (copy)

Advocate file photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Opelousas Mayor Reggie Tatum as seen in 2015.

A St. Landry Parish grand jury has indicted Opelousas Mayor Reggie Tatum on 15 counts that include charges of malfeasance, injuring public records, forgery and theft.

The charges stem from Tatum's filing for overtime for his self-appointed role as manager of a shelter he opened in Opelousas following the floods of August 2016. KATC Investigates uncovered Tatum's time sheets via public records requests and found that time sheets were also filed on behalf of council members, some of who denied any knowledge of the matter.

See the full KATC-TV story here.