ST. JAMES PARISH, LA (WVUE) - St. James Parish President Timothy Roussel has been indicted on six counts of malfeasance in office for alleged fraud in excess of $70,000, according to Attorney General Jeff Landry.
Following a joint investigation by Landry's office and that of District Attorney Ricky Babin, Roussel was indicted by a grand jury in St. James Parish along with Director of Operations Blaise Gravois and Assistant Finance Director Ashley Poche, both of whom were also indicted on corruption charges.
In his capacity as parish president, Roussel allegedly authorized the construction of a natural gas line, a 10,000-unit gas meter and additional supplies for a private company. He then allegedly authorized parish employees to install the gas line and meter on private property. Additionally, Roussel is accused of authorizing a public employee to hire a private company to drive 24 piles on private property and allow St. James Parish to issue a check from the parish treasurer to the company for its work.
Roussel is also accused of authorizing Gravois to use public employees and public equipment for the removal of a shed from private property, the demolition of a private mobile home on private property, and the removal of a playhouse and debris on a private lot. Roussel also allegedly authorized the use of public employees and public equipment to enhance and/or improve private property for the sole benefit of its owners.