Kevin Stimage, a captain who recently resigned from the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office, has been charged with payroll fraud from programs receiving federal funds, according to US Attorney Duane A. Evans.
According the Bill of Information filed in US Eastern District Court of New Orleans, in 2019 and 2020 Stimage reported working 40 hours a week as a deputy in transportation division of the sheriff's office while he was working for another employer in a detail at an apartment complex.
Allegedly, he submitted false and fraudulent payroll sheets to the sheriff's office and was paid over $5,000 to which he was not entitled both years.
The Bill of Information says the sheriff's transportation division was primarily responsible for taking inmates who needed mental health treatment to a treatment facility. Stimage was expected to work eight hours a day Mondays through Fridays, and the shift would begin sometime in the morning each workday.
Sheriff's office regulations prohibited deputies from working any other jobs for outside employers while on duty.
During the period between Jan. 1, 2019, and Dec. 31, 2020, Stimage worked an off-duty detail at an apartment complex in Tangipahoa Parish. He was expected to be at the apartment complex in his sheriff's office uniform and with his TPSO-assigned vehicle 30-40 hours a week. This work was supposed to occur when he was not on duty with the sheriff's office.
Allegedly, however, he worked at the apartment complex providing security at least four hours a day while claiming to be on duty for the sheriff's office.
He resigned from the sheriff's office in April.
Evans commended the work of the FBI on this investigation. Assistant US Attorney Myles Ranier is handling the prosecution.
If convicted, Stimage, age 44, faces up to 10 years of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine and a mandatory special assessment of $100.