NEW ROADS — The final chapter of former Mayor Robert Myer's misuse of city credit cards was written Tuesday with his sentencing in the scandal that ended his tenure as the city's top official.
Embattled New Roads Mayor Robert Myer has officially submitted his letter of resignation, in part of a plea deal he reached with district pros…
Myer received a year's probation in the case and was ordered by the court to pay New Roads $1,800 for outstanding reimbursements he owes for use of city-issued cards. He’ll also have to pay the $7,300 cost of the investigation and $500 in court costs.
Myer made a brief statement after Tuesday's court hearing but refused to answer any questions from reporters.
"We made what was the best decision for the city of New Roads to move forward. And we're happy about that," said Myer, who was accompanied out of the courtroom by his parents.
Myer entered a no-contest plea in October to one count of malfeasance in office for his alleged misuse of city-issued credit cards. He entered the plea in advance of a trial scheduled for Jan. 16. A grand jury indicted him in 2016 on nine counts of malfeasance in office and a count of abuse of office.
As part of his plea deal, Myer was forced to resign from office. City Council appointed Anthony Daisy to serve as interim mayor until municipal elections later this year.
NEW ROADS — The City Council chose one of its own, Anthony Daisy, to serve as interim mayor in the wake of former mayor Robert Myer's resignation.
Myer's attorney, Steven Moore, said Tuesday his client had no future political aspirations following the scandal.
"Hopefully, he moves on and continues in business and has a successful life," Moore told reporters outside the courthouse.
Moore said Myer's case should serve as a lesson to other municipalities and agencies that use credit cards.
"They need to properly document what they're doing," he said.
Prosecutors previously said Myer's plea deal helped him avoid a year in jail. Previous reports also claimed Myer still owed the city approximately $1,800 for personal charges he made on the taxpayers' dime.
A no-contest plea has the same effect as a guilty plea in criminal court but would not be an admission of guilt in civil court.
Myer was accused of using a city-issued credit card for personal transactions and conspiring with Cherie Rockforte-Laviolette, the city's former chief financial officer, who he allegedly allowed to make more than $9,000 in personal charges on city cards between Jan. 1, 2011, through Dec. 31, 2014, in exchange for sexual favors during that time.
State investigators alleged the mayor also charged $165,777 on the city's various credit card accounts between Jan. 1, 2011, through Oct. 1, 2014 — more than $11,000 of which they believe was for personal items. He wrote personal checks totaling $9,527 to the city in what investigators believe were meant to be reimbursements for the personal expenses.
An investigative report from the state's Inspector General Office later revealed that Rockforte-Laviolette told state investigators that Myer ordered her and the town's police chief to delete and alter information on credit card statements after the city received a public record's request to review them.
Assistant District Attorney Tony Clayton called Myer's case "unique" and one that will, hopefully, usher change within the city's future administrations.
"I'm glad to see this chapter closed," Clayton said. "People in this city are some of the best people you'll come across. It's a new day and hopefully this will be the start of a positive trajectory."