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Former sheriff's deputy pleads not guilty in alleged off-duty detail scheme

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A former Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office colonel pleaded not guilty Tuesday in an off-duty detail scheme. He is charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Prosecutors allege while Roy Austin, 69, was with the sheriff's office, he and others arranged for security details through private companies for local events.

They then schemed to defraud local entities by padding the billing documents with so-called "ghost employees." They would then pad the invoices, investigators said.

A legislative audit released Monday revealed Austin may have operated his private security company while on the clock with the sheriff's office.

His bond is set at $50,000.

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