Thu, Mar 7, 2013
Sheriff Lonnie Greco announces the arrest and termination of a Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy. On Wednesday, March 6, 2013, Norman E. Phillips, Jr., 35, of Port Sulphur, was arrested for Louisiana Revised Statute 14:134, relative to Malfeasance in Office and 14:138, relative to Public Payroll Fraud.
On March 6, 2013, members of the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office began investigating Phillips after receiving a complaint in reference to payroll fraud and malfeasance in office. The investigation revealed that on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, Phillips worked an off-duty paid detail during the same time he was working a regular 12 hour shift. Investigators obtained paperwork that Phillips submitted, which confirmed the allegation. Phillips was compensated by the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office for the off-duty detail and the 12 hours of scheduled work.
On March 6, Phillips was called in for an interview and met with Detectives, at which time he admitted that he worked the off-duty detail while he was on duty and that was compensated for both assignments.
At the conclusion of the interview, Phillips was arrested by the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Bureau and transported to the Belle Chasse Lockup, where he was booked accordingly. Phillips’ total bond was set at $12,500. He was subsequently released after posting bond.
At the time of his arrest and termination, Phillips was assigned to the 2nd District Patrol Division as a Patrolman. He had been employed with the Sheriff’s Office since November 16, 2007.