A former Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was arrested this week after investigators spotted him at a Bourbon Street bar working a paid security detail wearing Sheriff’s Office attire.
Fredrick Singleton, 24, of New Orleans, was booked on one felony count of “false personation” of a peace officer. He was released on $1,500 bail.
Singleton was fired Nov. 17 for failing to report for duty, said Philip Stelly, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
After receiving a tip, deputies confronted Singleton on Sunday evening at 801 Bourbon St., where they found him “wearing a green and black jacket with patches that identified ‘SHERIFF,’ ” according to an arrest report.
Asked for identification, Singleton told the deputies he had “an old Sheriff’s Office identification card” but that he was “only working security,” the report says. “The agents also noticed that (Singleton) had LED lights on his dash which are sometimes used by law enforcement” and a Sheriff’s Office placard that read “deputy on duty.”
The report does not identify the establishment where Singleton was working, but records show the Bourbon Pub is located at the address listed.
The report says deputies spoke with the manager of the establishment, who told them Singleton had identified himself as a current Sheriff’s Office deputy looking to work an off-duty detail.
The manager, Toby Lefort, had been paying Singleton $150 a night on Fridays and Saturdays and $100 on Sundays. In a brief telephone interview, Lefort said Singleton had been working for him for “a couple of months.” He said he had no idea Singleton no longer worked for the Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities ultimately seized “all of the property that identified” Singleton as a deputy.
Singleton was not arrested on the spot but turned himself in to authorities Tuesday morning.
The arrest delivered another black eye to Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s off-duty detail program. Just last week, a former Sheriff’s Office colonel, Roy Austin, was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud in an alleged scheme to overcharge local businesses paying for security details.
Gusman’s chief deputy, Jerry Ursin, is expected to be charged in the probe in coming days.
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