Last Modified: Monday, May 05, 2014 3:59 PM
KINDER — The results of State Police investigation into whether Kinder Police Chief Gary Pelican used town credit cards to buy fuel for personal use has been turned over to the state Attorney General's Office.
Attorney General Office spokesperson Laura Gerdes Colligan told the American Press on Monday that the office received the investigative file, along with a motion for recusal, from the Allen Parish District Attorney's Office on May 1.
"We are currently evaluating the reports and the evidence to determine the appropriate course of action," Colligan said in an e-mail.
District Attorney Todd Nesom recused himself and his office from handling the matter last month citing potential conflicts of interest and turned the case over to the state.
Pelican, 52, was arrested by State Police in January for theft over $1,500 and malfeasance after an audit found excessive amounts of fuel purchases made by the Kinder Police Department.
The investigation accuses Pelican of using town credit cards to purchase more than $6,500 in fuel, some of which was used to fuel vehicles belonging to family members, according to police.
The investigation found that Pelican used $7,700 of fuel during the 2012-13 fiscal year using town credit cards. While some of the fuel was for official use, much of it was placed into vehicles belong to family members, investigators said.
Investigators reviewed credit card records, surveillance video and conducted interviews during the two-month long investigation.
Under state law, Pelican, who is serving his fourth term as police chief, can continue to serve unless he is convicted of a felony.
If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and up to an $8,000 fine.
Pelican is being represented by attorney John E. Demoruelle.
Posted By: Pat Paxton On: 5/6/2014
Title: The Scarlet letter of Media
I would love to see the day when media has no rights to make an investigation public, it smashes the concept of innocent until proven guilty. The scarlet letter the media attaches no only to the accused but their family as well is horrible. The actual innocent or guilty verdict is a joke, the scarlet G is attached as soon as the media uses the story as a catapult of gossip frenzy. I think a reconsideration of how these things are handled is a dire need. Handle people like people that have a life, a job, a family, and a heart instead of handling like the next juicy scoop.