Former La. Rep. Sherman Copelin turns himself in to JPSO

Former Louisiana State Representative Sherman Copelin sits in the Jefferson Parish jail Wednesday afternoon after he turned himself in to the sheriff's office after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

As FOX 8 first reported Tuesday night, Copelin was wanted on charges that he bilked sub-contractors out of hundreds of thousands of dollars for work they did on a west bank school that was never finished.

Copelin turned himself in just hours after he told FOX 8 that he knew nothing about the charges.

The former longtime state representative and former mayor's candidate showed up at the Jefferson Parish detective bureau just after 10am this morning with his attorney Robert Jenkins.

Copelin was wanted on two charges related to the rebuilding of the West Bank Christian Center in Harvey.

His company was hired to do the work. Copelin was charged with contractor fraud, misapplication of payments, and theft due to the hundreds of thousands of dollars he allegedly owed subcontractors on the job.

In an unrelated matter, Copelin had just been cited for contempt of court on Monday for failing to make an earlier court appearance on a speeding violation.

As for the contractor fraud charges, he will now wait for a magistrate to set bond for him and schedule a court appearance.