Former St. Tammany coroner gets 24 months in prison

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Former St. Tammany Parish coroner Peter Galvan was sentenced Wednesday to 24 months in federal prison for his role in conspiring to commit theft of property and money.

Galvan stood before Judge Susie Morgan Wednesday afternoon where he apologized to the residents of St. Tammany Parish.

"I want to apologize to people of St. Tammany Parish who elected me. I betrayed their trust," said Galvan. "I ruined my career and reputation. I want to do whatever I have to do to make the parish whole."

Galvan must immediately pay restitution to coroners office of at least $193,388 in addition to a $5,000 fine. His attorney said he sold his house in order to pay the money.

Judge Morgan said she was convinced that Galvan knew what he did was wrong.

After sentencing, he apologized to his wife and daughter.

St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister released a statement saying, "The guilty plea, and now the sentencing of Dr. Peter Galvan is another step towards normalcy for St. Tammany Parish. My personal disappointment in what has happened during the last year of this ordeal can't be measured in the number of years in a prison sentence. We owe the Court, the U.S. Attorney, and the Legislative Auditor's office a debt of gratitude. Finally, after many months, we can now move on from this betrayal of the public trust."

Galvan must report to prison by April 11th.

The feds charged him with conspiracy to commit theft of property and money. The bulk of the money Galvan allegedly stole, $111,000, was unused vacation and sick leave he cashed out.

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