HAHNVILLE - A St. Charles Parish sheriff’s deputy has been arrested after an investigation revealed that he had been allegedly issuing false seat belt citations to motorists he never stopped over a period of several months and claimed overtime pay for doing it, The Associated Press has reported.

William S. Marciante Jr., of Luling, a five-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, was booked Wednesday with 27 counts of malfeasance, 21 counts of injuring public records, 21 counts of forgery and six counts of payroll fraud.

Marciante has been fired.

Authorities say that between February and May, Marciante wrote a total of 21 citations for seatbelt violations to unsuspecting motorists who were never stopped.