Retired OPSO deputy sentenced in detail scheme

Retired OPSO deputy sentenced in detail scheme

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A retired Orleans Parish Sheriff's deputy will spend six months in prison in connection with a security detail scheme.

Prosecutors said Roy Austin, 69, used his role as a colonel in OPSO to arrange security details through a private company called Austin Sales and Services.

They said that Austin would then defraud the local companies by padding their bills with names of people who did not provide any security services.

In addition, prosecutors said that Austin kept a portion of the over-billed amount in the Austin Sales and Service corporate bank account for his own personal use.

Austin also drafted checks made payable to so-called ghost employees, endorsed those checks and deposited the checks into in own personal bank account.

Besides being sentenced Wednesday to 6 months in prison, Austin was also ordered to pay $83,914 in restitution and perform 200 hours of community service.

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