Pearl River mayor, town clerk indicted

James Lavigne (Source: Pearl River website)
James Lavigne (Source: Pearl River website)
Diane Bennett (Source: Pearl River website)
Diane Bennett (Source: Pearl River website)

COVINGTON, La. (AP) - A St. Tammany Parish grand jury has indicted the mayor and town clerk of Pearl River.

Mayor James Lavigne was charged Wednesday with four counts of malfeasance in office, two counts of unauthorized use of a movable and one count of theft between $500 and $1,500.

Town clerk Diane Bennett Hollie is charged with one count of malfeasance, two counts of unauthorized use of a movable and one count of theft over $1,500.

A legislative audit released in May accused the two of making personal purchases with public money between 2011 and 2013. At the time, the six-term mayor called the audit report a political attack.

On Wednesday Lavigne told NOLA.com |The Times-Picayune on Wednesday that he did not know about the indictment.

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