Whaley accused of theft
BRUSLY — The town’s former police chief, already sentenced to 18 months’ supervised probation, was arrested again Wednesday, accused for the second time of malfeasance in office and theft.
Jamie Whaley, 2021 Allene St., now faces two counts of forgery stemming from a probe conducted by the state Inspector General’s Office and the FBI.
Whaley, 37, was arrested around 10 a.m. Wednesday and was released from the West Baton Rouge Parish Jail about an hour later on a $10,000 bond.
Eighteenth Judicial District Judge William DuPont had originally required Whaley to surrender his passport to authorities before he could bond out of jail.
Whaley’s attorney, however, had asked the court that the former police chief be allowed to take an already planned family vacation to Mexico next week. DuPont lifted the order Wednesday after consulting with the judge who had approved Whaley’s travel.
Whaley did not return calls Wednesday seeking comment.
His arrest comes more than a month after he resigned from office, in the middle of his third term as elected police chief, following his first arrest. The special election to fill the remainder of the term is scheduled Nov. 4. The position pays a salary of $37,400 a year.
Whaley was indicted April 10 on theft and malfeasance in office for using a town-issued credit card to purchase gasoline for his personal truck and boat. A state District Court judge sentenced him to 18 months’ supervised probation and imposed a $500 fine in a plea deal.
The new investigation alleges Whaley misappropriated seven firearms owned by the town.
According to an affidavit supporting the arrest, Whaley gave the guns to a licensed firearms dealer who sold five of them and transferred ownership of the other two guns to Whaley’s friends.
The town was never compensated for the firearms, the affidavit says.
The affidavit also accuses Whaley of theft and two counts of forgery on two checks drawn on the Brusly Auxiliary Police Department checking account.
The account required the signatures both Whaley and another person not identified in the affidavit.
“Whaley signed his name and forged the name of the other authorized person on both checks,” the affidavit says.
When asked by investigators if he had signed both signatures on the checks — written to cash for $600 — Whaley replied, “I could have,” the affidavit states.
Interim Police Chief Richie Johnson said Whaley’s latest arrest won’t result in revocation of his probation because the new allegations involve acts said to have been committed prior to his April 17 guilty plea.
Meanwhile, the Town Council on Monday hired accounting firm Baxley and Associates to conduct an internal audit of the town’s police department.
“Had it not been for the whole scenario surrounding his first arrest we would not be doing an audit,” Johnson said Wednesday. “We need a full accounting of everything we’re supposed to own. Right now, we have no way of reconciling what the police department is supposed to have because he had all the records.”
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