CONVENT, LA (WVUE) - St. James Parish President Timmy Roussel pled not guilty Monday morning to corruption charges.
Timothy Roussel is accused of using public money and workers for a private job.
Roussel has been parish president since 2012. He is accused of using public money to pay for work on private property.
The work amounted to about $70,000. It involved clearing a mobile home, playhouse, and debris from private land.
According to our partners at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, Roussel is accused of authorizing a private company to build a roughly 4,500-foot natural-gas line, a 10,000-unit gas meter and additional supplies and then having parish employees install the gas line and meter on private property, according to Landry's office.
St James Parish workers were also said to be involved in the work.
Despite facing six counts of malfeasance, parish residents say they will stand behind Roussel until he is proven guilty.
"You just don't see that in our parish in St. James Parish or think that would happen here, but I always thought and still think he's an honest individual," said Angela Trepagnier.
Louisiana's Attorney General Jeff Landry will prosecute the case.