Thirteen East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s deputies were recently transferred and demoted for failing to give per diem money for travel expenses to Baton Rouge police riding with the deputies on extraditions, authorities with the Sheriff’s Office said Friday in a news release.
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 transportation division were not passing on the $44 a day per diem, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said in the release.
Instead, the deputies were buying the police officers their meals and pocketing the change, Hicks said.
Prison officials launched an investigation into the complaint and forwarded their findings to the Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs Division on June 16, Hicks said. The deputies were transferred and demoted on June 24, Hicks said.
The transportation supervisor also was demoted and transferred and the Sheriff’s Office’s policy on distributing per diem money was changed, she said.
The identities of the deputies were not released Friday.