Former BR police lieutenant accused of double dipping

Dewayne Lee Show caption
Dewayne Lee

A Baton Rouge police lieutenant who retired a few days ago was arrested Thursday and accused of clocking in with the department at the same time he was working off-duty security assignments at a local medical clinic.

Dewayne E. Lee Sr., 52, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of public payroll fraud and malfeasance in office, booking records show.

Lee, who retired on Saturday, is accused of working security details at the Fairfield Medical Clinic Inc. on North Foster Drive on at least seven days when he also was being paid by the Police Department to work as a commander in the Misdemeanor Follow Up Division, according to a warrant for his arrest.

Although the warrant lists seven days, beginning March 26 and ending April 16, on which Lee worked security at the medical center, it also indicates that Lee received “26 notations of payments” for work completed between May 3, 2013, and April 18, 2014.

The warrant says Lee never had permission from the department to work security for the medical center.

Lee was paid $450 by the medical center for the off-duty work between April 4 and April 17, the warrant says.

The warrant does not specify the total amount Lee was paid for the entirety of his work, nor does it specify how many days he worked there in total.

A Police Department spokesman did not have information available Thursday on Lee’s salary with the department at the time he’s accused of double-dipping.

Two other police officers also work off-duty security at the medical center but the spokesman, Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., said they were authorized by the department to do so, and neither of them is accused of any wrongdoing.

As of Thursday evening, booking records showed that Lee remained jailed in lieu of $6,000 bail.

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