NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A retired chief deputy of the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office pleaded guilty Thursday to a one-count bill of information with conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
According to court documents, Gerald Ursin, Jr., 62, participated in a scheme to defraud local entities and events, including Mardi Gras Krewes, music and food festivals, and sporting events by padding billing documents with names of people who did not provide security services.
The conspiracy started in 2009 and continued until January 2014, according to prosecutors.
Ursin also admitted that after submitting the inflated invoices, a portion of the overbilled amount was given to him in the form of checks made payable to family members.
Ursin faces a maximum of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.
Ursin was charged in June. Sentencing is set for Jan. 19, 2017.