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Three Henderson arrests

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Two Henderson police officers and one former officer were arrested Friday night in connection with a year-long investigation by the state. The investigation centered around an alleged illegal traffic citation bounty. Police Chief Leroy Guidry and Deputy Chief Oliver Mack Lloyd are charged with nine counts of filing or maintaining false public records, nine counts of payroll fraud and one count of malfeasance in office. A third former officer, Randall Trahan is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The question remains how did Trahan ever become a Henderson Police Officer?

During the course of the state's investigation into the alleged traffic citation bounty and payroll fraud, investigators came across another finding of interest. Randall Trahan, a former officer with the police department has a past that should have prevented him from ever wearing a badge… a burglary conviction. According to the arrest warrant, Trahan plead guilty to simple burglary and was sentenced to four years in prison with two years of probation in 1998. He began probation soon after sentencing and completed his sentence in 2000. That same year he was granted a first offender's pardon, but the pardon clearly states that he must not possess a firearm. The findings of Ernest Green, criminal investigator with the Louisiana Office of Inspector General say that not only did Trahan serve on the Henderson Police force from 2006 to 2009, he knew his activity was illegal. He had a family member purchase the firearm he used instead of obtaining it himself.

Henderson Mayor Sherbin Collette says that he first learned of Trahan's conviction on Friday. He maintains that any wrong doing by the Police Department was unintentional. The town of Henderson has received 2.4 million dollars in fines and forfeitures from traffic violations between 2009 and 2011. Mayor Collette points out they have passed every audit with flying colors since he took office.

 

Erin Nicole

 

 

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