DONALDSONVILLE — Sorrento Councilman Randy Anny and his lawyer, Roy Maughan Jr., were released from Ascension Parish Prison on Thursday night after they posted bail on theft and other charges related to an alleged scheme to pocket town tax dollars four years ago, sheriff’s deputies said Friday.
Anny posted bail of $30,000 and was released shortly before 8:30 p.m. Thursday, while Maughan had bail of $20,000 and was released about an hour earlier, Ascension Parish sheriff’s Lt. Chris Fontenot said Friday.
The Ascension Parish grand jury indicted Anny and Maughan late Thursday morning after a one-day proceeding at the Parish Courthouse Annex in Gonzales.
The state indictment is the result of a three-year joint investigation by the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Department of Justice. The probe began after Sorrento town officials began raising questions in mid-2013 about a then-year-old sewer job that had not been finished and that, town officials say, had no supporting contract in town records. Anny had signed a $77,500 town check for half the cost of the job a year earlier.
The July 6, 2012, check was made out to Design and Build Consultants, a company that Maughan represented at the time. The advance payment came without a council vote but under a 7-month-old council directive for emergency sewer repairs.
According to the indictment, Anny was charged with theft of the $77,500, one count of malfeasance in office, three counts of forgery and a single count of prohibited profit-splitting on the public sewer job.
Maughan, who also has served as Anny’s personal attorney, was indicted on three counts of forgery and on theft of the $77,500.
The men also are accused in the indictment of submitting fraudulent bids from three companies, including Design and Build, for the sewer repairs 11 days before Anny cut the check.
Anny, who is in his third term on the council and lost a contested election for mayor by one vote in May 2011, was indicted in August with his wife, Barbara Falgoust Anny, on federal charges over allegations they defrauded the BP oil spill claim fund of $7,800 in 2011.
That case is still pending, but an FBI special agent testified in February that the BP fraud case emerged while investigators were looking through Anny’s bank records as part a then-pending broader public corruption investigation. Federal authorities have not described what that so-called “broader investigation” involved.