Gueydan officer arrested, accused of misusing fuel card

A Gueydan police officer was arrested Thursday by Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s detectives after an investigation into unauthorized use of a fuel access card, officials said.

Kendal Primeaux, 29, who lives in Kaplan, was booked into the Vermilion Parish Correctional Center on one count each of unauthorized use of an access card and malfeasance in office, Sheriff Mike Couvillon said in a release.

Couvillon said Primeaux is a patrolman with the Gueydan Police Department.

The sheriff said an investigation began after detectives received information about a Gueydan Police Department fuel card being used for personal uses.

Couvillon said detectives discovered Primeaux allegedly used the car for personal fuel-ups 40 times, spending $1,954 of the department’s money.

Primeaux was released from the jail after posting bail on a $15,000 bond.

The investigation is ongoing, Couvillon said.