The Louisiana Legislative Auditor claimed Monday morning that “Cajun Justice” star, former Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Vernon Bourgeois, apparently bent the rules off screen.
Among the allegations leveled by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera are that Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies worked 53 hours filming reenactments of law enforcement operations for the television series “Cajun Justice” during the same hours they claimed to perform their regular job duties. Both the film production company and the sheriff’s office paid the deputies for these 53 hours, the deputies were paid twice for the same hours. As a result, the Terrebonne Parish improperly paid the deputies $988 for 53 hours of film reenactments paid for separately by the film production company, according to the audit.
The show, which ran in 2012 on A&E network, focused on the experiences of the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The auditor also alleged Bourgeois, who is no longer sheriff, of receiving a $16,133 payment for unused accumulated leave. Bourgeois also received $600 per year in clothing allowance payments during his term from July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2012, which also caused his pay to exceed the statutory maximum.
In a note dated July 15, Bourgeois responded to the auditor: “Under protest, I will reimburse the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office $19,175 to cover the cost of the annual leave I received, clothing allowance and also fuel expenses incurred.”