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Kinder police chief arrested, accused of malfeasance

FROM STAFF REPORTS

KINDER -- Kinder Police Chief Gary Pelican was arrested Wednesday by Louisiana State Police.

Pelican, 52, is accused of theft and malfeasance in office. Troopers say his arrest came following an investigation into an allegation that he was using town credit cards to fuel vehicles belonging to family members.

"Allen Parish District Attorney Todd Nesom requested the Louisiana State Police to investigate the case after an audit indicated that Pelican was using town credit cards to purchase an excessive amount of fuel," states a news release from State Police. 

Troopers say detectives assigned to the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations reviewed credit card records, surveillance video and conducted interviews.

"The investigation revealed Pelican charged approximately $7,700 worth of fuel during the 2012-13 fiscal year using town credit cards. While some of this fuel was for official use, much of it was placed into vehicles belonging to family members," the release continues.

Pelican was booked on $1,500 and malfeasance in office. Troopers say if convicted, Pelican faces up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $8,000. 
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01/08/2014 12:05PM
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