MONROE — Former Ouachita Parish Sheriff Royce Toney is scheduled for an ethics hearing March 4 in state district court in Monroe.
The Louisiana Board of Ethics filed charges against Toney in November for failing to accurately disclose campaign finance reports.
The charges indicate Toney “knowingly and willfully” failed to accurately disclose the purpose of a $30,000 expenditure to his campaign manager, Kim Leija.
Leija was to receive a check in the amount of $15,000 for her services as campaign manager. Instead, she received the $30,000 amount.
According to the Board of Ethics, Leija was instructed by Toney to negotiate the check, keep $15,000 and loan the additional $15,000 to Toney. Due to the taxes owed on the $30,000, Leija only returned $10,000 to Toney, the board has said.
In November, Toney was sentenced to six months of home confinement as part of a federal plea deal involving unauthorized access of a protected computer.
Prosecutors dropped felony charges against Toney, 64, of Monroe, in exchange for his Aug. 2 guilty plea to nine misdemeanor counts of fraud and related activity in connection with computers. In addition, Toney cannot work for any law enforcement agency again in any capacity.
Toney also was sentenced to four years of supervised release and ordered to pay a $15,000 fine.
An investigation revealed that Toney and a sheriff’s employee engaged in a conspiracy to track a third party’s email communications from April 2010 to October 2010.