The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office on Monday identified the 13 deputies transferred and demoted for failing to give per diem money for travel expenses to Baton Rouge police riding with deputies on extradition trips.
The deputies were transferred to Parish Prison and those with any rank were demoted to that of deputy, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said.
Those demoted to the rank of deputy are Sgt. Minnie Ducksworth, Cpl. William Head, Cpl. Rudolph Hyde, Cpl. Gregory Warren and Transportation Division supervisor Lt. Kelvin Mills.
The remaining deputies reprimanded are Angela Brigalia, Chadwick Robinson, Geriard Cavalier, Kimberly Collins, Melinda Lacey, Nicholas Murphy, Robert Dixon, Thomas Broussard and Angela Walker.
Personnel at East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, which is run by the Sheriff’s Office, were notified by a Baton Rouge police officer on June 15 that deputies with the Sheriff’s Transportation Division were not passing on a $44 a day per diem for meals, Hicks said.
Instead, the deputies were buying the officers food and pocketing the change, she said.
Prison officials launched an investigation into the police officer’s complaint and forwarded their findings to the Sheriff’s Internal Affairs Division on June 16, Hicks said. The deputies were transferred and demoted June 24 and each given five-day suspensions, Hicks said.
The sheriff’s policy on distributing per diem money was changed, Hicks said.
Based on the sheriff’s investigation, from Feb. 16, 2009, until May 26, the deputies did not distribute $4,224 in per diem payments to Baton Rouge officers riding with them on 47 extradition trips, Hicks said.
According to receipts, deputies spent $1,028 on meals for the police officers, Hicks said.
The deputies kept the remaining per diem allotted for those officers, she said.
The deputies were required to make restitution to the Sheriff’s Office, which reimbursed the Baton Rouge police officers the full $4,224, Hicks said.