Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Former French Settlement police chief convicted of felony

Former French Settlement police chief convicted of felony
Posted: Feb 1, 2019
Categories: Front Page, Crime
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Livingston- District Attorney Scott M. Perrilloux reports that former French Settlement Police Chief Harry Brignac was convicted today of one felony count of Malfeasance in Office. Brignac entered a plea of no contest and was sentenced to one year at hard labor with the Department of Corrections. That sentence was suspended and he was placed on one year of supervised probation and ordered to pay court costs, as well as restitution to the Town of French Settlement in the amount of $60.00.

A Livingston Parish Grand Jury indicted Brignac for one count of Malfeasance in Office in August of 2018 after they found that Brignac had been captured on video using the town’s credit card to purchase fuel for his private vehicle. Brignac was also subsequently arrested for an additional count of Malfeasance in Office in October of 2018 after allowing his wife to drive a French Settlement police unit while knowing that her license was under suspension. Brignac pled to one count of Malfeasance in Office which encompassed both allegations.

District Attorney Scott Perrilloux stated, “The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office did a very thorough and professional job with this investigation. While it is never a desirable situation to prosecute a law enforcement official, it is important for the public to know that we will always hold them accountable when it is proven that the law has been broken.”

This is the second police chief within the past two months to have been convicted for Malfeasance in Office by Perrilloux’s Office. Former Killian Police Chief Dennis Hill also entered a no contest plea to Malfeasance in Office in December of last year.