Body of Evidence

Brister: Coroner's documents are not sufficient

Galvan gave the parish 17 vacation- and sick-leave request forms, nine of which were signed and dated February 28, 2013. That's one day after FOX 8 revealed the Facebook photos of his travels.

Lee Zurik Investigation: State suspends Galvan's med. license indefinitely

It may be years before the disgraced former coroner of St. Tammany Parish can even attempt to have his license reinstated.

Parish wants disgraced coroner to pay back $200,000

St. Tammany Parish wants money from former coroner Peter Galvan.

Lee Zurik Investigation: Ethics Board charges Galvan

Former St. Tammany Parish Coroner Peter Galvan now faces charges from the state Ethics Board. But those charges raise some questions.

Lee Zurik Investigation: Peter Galvan's golden parachute

Two local watchdogs want the former St. Tammany coroner to pay more money back to the parish. We'll explain why the current restitution amount won't put much of a dent in Peter Galvan's long-term fortunes.

Lee Zurik Investigation: Whistle-blowers discuss Galvan's fall

The person who tipped off FOX 8 News about problems at the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office says he feels vindicated. It comes after three years of digging, and fighting, for justice.

Lee Zurik Investigation: Taxpayers aren't done paying Peter Galvan

FOX 8 News has obtained a copy of state records that show, in a few years, Galvan will once again keep collecting from the public.

Lee Zurik Investigation: Auditor reviews Galvan's taste for fine wine

Receipts tracked down by Louisiana's legislative auditor show Dr. Peter Galvan, the disgraced former coroner of St. Tammany Parish, and his guests like wine - expensive wine.

Lee Zurik Investigation: Feds charge St. Tammany coroner; Galvan to resign

Federal investigators have filed corruption charges against Dr. Peter Galvan, St. Tammany Parish's embattled coroner. Now, parish leaders say, Galvan has until next Friday to resign from office.

Lee Zurik Investigation: FBI delivers subpoenas at Galvan's practice

Two sources in St. Tammany Parish tell FOX 8 News that the FBI has delivered more subpoenas related to the investigation of Coroner Peter Galvan.

Lee Zurik Investigation: State treasurer, St. Tammany politicians sign Galvan recall petition

The recall effort to oust the St. Tammany Parish coroner landed a high-profile signature Wednesday. A long-time statewide elected official says it's time for Dr. Peter Galvan to leave office.

Lee Zurik Investigation: As Galvan pushes for new hire, recall effort picks up

A good government group is trying to stop the St. Tammany Parish coroner from hiring a new employee, even as it gains signatures in its petition to recall Peter Galvan.

Lee Zurik Investigation: Help wanted at the coroner's office

This Thursday night, the St. Tammany Parish Council may help decide if the coroner will hire a new employee for his office. It would be the first hire at the coroner's office since the legislative passed a bill that required Peter Galvan to get council approval on all salaries in his office.

Lee Zurik Investigation: Peter Galvan... construction manager?

FOX 8 News has learned that St. Tammany's embattled coroner is telling some of his friends and the legislative auditor's office that some of his large pay raises, and meal charges on his public credit card, came after he took on an additional role in his office, acting as project manager for the construction of his new building in Lacombe.

Lee Zurik Investigation: Galvan’s lawsuit just “a lot of fluff"?

The St. Tammany Parish coroner has sued the state of Louisiana, claiming a bill the governor just signed is unconstitutional.  The lawmaker who authored the bill calls it a sign that Dr. Peter Galvan wants to insure he keeps his money.

Lee Zurik Investigation: St. Tammany Parish files double-barreled suit against coroner

St. Tammany Parish has filed suit against its own coroner, individually and in his capacity as a public official. It's the latest legal move in the fight over control of Dr. Peter Galvan's office.

Lee Zurik Investigation: Who paid for Dr. Galvan's boating fun?

Sources close to the St. Tammany Parish coroner's office have told FOX 8 News why the FBI raided the coroner's office last month. But those same sources say the raid did not take place in just one place. Apparently it was a coordinated operation, with a sharp focus.

Lee Zurik Investigation: Galvan's finances in hands of Parish Council - now what?

Governor Bobby Jindal has signed a bill into law, handing over control of the St. Tammany Parish coroner's finances to the Parish Council. It allows the council to set salaries and approve spending in the office. But reining in those finances will not be a simple task.

Lee Zurik Investigation: St. Tammany coroner's CFO resigns

Kim Kelly made a six-figure salary with Dr. Peter Galvan's office. Our investigation showed she had many questionable charges on her public credit card, including spending public money on groceries.

Lee Zurik Investigation: Full Senate to consider Galvan bill

Lawmakers move one step closer to stripping financial control of the Coroner's Office from Dr. Peter Galvan, and the St. Tammany Parish coroner and many of his higher-paid staff could be close to getting their paychecks cut.

Lee Zurik Investigation: House passes bill to curb Galvan's powers

Louisiana's House of Representatives has approved a bill that would give the St. Tammany Parish Council control over salaries and spending in the parish Coroner's Office.

Lee Zurik Investigation: Galvan a no-show, sends staffer to House committee

The House Judiciary Committee heard testimony for a bill that would put control of the finances of Dr. Peter Galvan's Coroner's Office in the hands of the Parish Council.

Lee Zurik Investigation: Lawmaker's bill could hit Galvan where it hurts

A North Shore state representative thinks the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's salary could be reduced by the end of this year. Representative Tim Burns filed a bill Friday that he says will put an end to the abuses in the Coroner's Office.

Lee Zurik Investigation: FBI widens Galvan probe

The federal investigation now includes the purchase of a 40-acre piece of property by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner, property that measures a quarter mile on each side.

Lee Zurik Investigation: Police chief says Body of Evidence makes him sick

Dr. Peter Galvan makes $47,000 a year to take care of sick inmates for the Slidell Police Department. But since Randy Smith has been police chief, Galvan has never stepped foot inside the jail, sending a paramedic instead.

Lee Zurik Investigation: Breaking down Slidell's payments to coroner

Fresh answers from city officials in Slidell help us examine the city's working relationship with Dr. Peter Galvan, but they also raise yet more questions.

Lee Zurik Investigation: FBI wants Slidell's records in Galvan probe

Sources in St. Tammany Parish tell FOX 8 News the City of Slidell has received a subpoena from the FBI, asking for documents related to a contract with Dr. Peter Galvan.

Lee Zurik Investigation: "Concerned Citizens" groups to attempt coroner recall

A recall would allow voters to pick a new coroner and new salaries for Galvan's replacements and employees.  But it's a difficult undertaking.

Lee Zurik Investigation: Coroner likely to keep high salary

We'll explain why the state constitution may help Dr. Peter Galvan keep his salary and we'll examine some questionable land deals, as well as the coroner's financial arrangement with one North Shore city.

Lee Zurik Investigation: Parish leaders cry foul over coroner cash-outs

The St. Tammany Parish Council Chairman calls it bad government. A CPA says it may be fraudulent. We dig deeper into the records we uncovered that show the parish coroner and some of his high-ranking employees may have illegally paid themselves hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Lee Zurik Investigation: FBI investigating St. Tammany coroner

The feds are demanding that Dr. Peter Galvan turn over several documents, including credit card statements and other records of expenditures at the coroner's office.

Lee Zurik Investigation: Citizens group begins Galvan recall effort

To hold a recall election for a parish-wide official in St. Tammany Parish, signatures would need to be collected from 53,000 registered voters.

Lee Zurik Investigation: How many cars does a coroner need?

We became curious after we sent a simple request to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner asking for a list of all employee take home vehicles, and who the coroner assigned them to.

Lee Zurik Investigation: Galvan's salary, wet bar face scrutiny

Drawings of the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's new complex in Lacombe show the good doctor has a wet bar attached to his office -- and taxpayers paid for it.

Lee Zurik Investigation: St. Tammany coroner gives himself 39 percent raise

A parish coroner on the North Shore makes more money than most state and federal officials.  And it looks like the state legislature helped make that salary a reality. Lee Zurik reports in his "Body of Evidence" investigation.

Lee Zurik Investigation: Coroner financial chief's numbers don't add up

We've discovered new information that shows the St. Tammany Parish Coroner is not the only employee at his office essentially getting paid twice to go on vacation.  We examine the case of Kim Kelly, the coroner's chief financial officer and also a certified public accountant, in this update on our "Body of Evidence" investigation.

Lee Zurik Investigation: Policy manual shows Galvan may have broken law

The St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office told the parish president there is no formal, written policy for sick and vacation time there.  But we located the office's latest policy ourselves, and it could spell trouble for Dr. Peter Galvan.

Lee Zurik Investigation: Galvan snubs legislative auditor's records request

St. Tammany's parish president adds her voice to those demanding Parish Coroner Peter Galvan's timesheets. So far, the good doctor is not budging.

Lee Zurik Investigation: Facebook, wine country and Dr. Peter Galvan

According to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's paychecks, Dr. Peter Galvan had no weekday fun outside of Louisiana in 2011 and 2012. That's because the records show he took no vacation those two years. Instead he cashed out his unused vacation and sick time and paid himself $67,000. But a quick tour of the Facebook page belonging to Galvan's wife shows a different story.

Lee Zurik Investigation: Did St. Tammany voters give Dr. Galvan too much?

Parish coroner Peter Galvan campaigned hard for voter approval of a 4-mill tax measure in order to build a state-of-the-art DNA lab.  He got that approval, and the lab, and millions of dollars more.

Lee Zurik Investigation: Citizens group says coroner must go

Following the findings of our "Body of Evidence" probe, the group Concerned Citizens of St. Tammany says Dr. Peter Galvan must resign.  But some parish leaders say it's too early to talk about pushing Galvan out of office.