BRCC officer arrested; turned in fraudulent time cards

A Baton Rouge Community College police officer is in jail after turning in a series of fraudulent time sheets last summer when video surveillance later showed that he’d been coming to work as much as 90 minutes late, according to his arrest warrant.

Lenvi Tennessee, 44, 24369 Chateau Drive, Walker, was booked Monday afternoon on counts of public payroll fraud, felony theft and malfeasance in office. He was being held on $57,000 bond.

The community college’s Police Department made the arrest. A warrant for Tennessee’s arrest was issued April 2.

An internal investigation found several occasions between June 2013 and August 2013 where video surveillance showed Tennessee showing up for work after his 6 a.m. start time. However, he wrote on his time sheet that he had started at 6 a.m., but he was 28 minutes late on average. Unlike other officers, he failed to use the Police Department’s time clock to punch in and out of duty, according to the warrant.

The internal investigation calculated he fraudulently was paid $1,691, and about two-thirds of that was improper overtime payments, according to the warrant.

Steve Mitchell, a spokesman for the community college, said Tennessee was employed with the college from April 2010 to December 2013.