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Lawsuit filed against Henderson police over ticket quota scheme

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As the Henderson Police Department faces legal problems for an alleged ticket quota scheme. Those who were forced to pay those fines, are fighting back and trying to get their money back. A group of around 25 people are filing a class action lawsuit against the department. Trying to recoup $2 million in what they say were illegal speeding tickets, they've enlisted the help of Breaux Bridge attorney Glenn Soileau.

"I have never found a situation so abhorring as this," says Soileau.

Soileau has filed a class action lawsuit against the Henderson police department for issuing millions of dollars worth of what he says are illegal speeding tickets. It's something he's never seen in the state before. "To issue $2.5 million of illegal citations, there is no case like it before," explains Soileau.

Soileau alleges the department, which is already under a state criminal investigation for using a ticketing scheme to make money, was also writing them out of their jurisdiction on Interstate 10.

"People coming off the bridge mostly from Baton Rouge towards Lafayette in an area that's unincorporated," says Soileau.

Soileau came across it while working another case involving the town trying to annex land at the Henderson exit, which is not in the city limits. He also believes the criminal investigation could prove to be beneficial in his case as the scheme, which allegedly paid each officer $15 per ticket issued, would make it an incentive.

"If it gets to be 45 minutes that I'm sitting along the interstate, and I haven't written two tickets yet and I'm not gonna get paid. I'm gonna find somebody to write a ticket to," explains Soileau.

Soileau chose to do a class action lawsuit because it wouldn't be worth the time and effort for each of the estimated 12,500 people who got tickets, that range from $150 to $200, to file on their own.

"Then it becomes worthwhile for one to do it on behalf of the class," explains Soileau.

If you have received a ticket from Henderson police in the past three years you could be eligible. Soileau is going to go through all the paperwork and make a list of who can recoup their fines. Chief Henry Guidry and his Assistant Chief Oliver Mack Lloyd are expected in court for their criminal trial in December.

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