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Former St. Tammany Parish Coroner Peter Galvan Faces New Charges

St. Tammany Parish Coroner Peter Galvan

Peter Galvan

ST. TAMMANY PARISH (WGNO) - A Grand Jury has indicted former St. Tammany Parish Coroner Peter Galvan on new state charges.

Galvan, who has already pleaded guilty to a single federal corruption charge and is currently serving a two-year sentence in federal prison, now faces 3 count of theft.

The Louisiana Attorney General’s Office brought the case against Galvan to a grand jury Friday morning.

The indictment accused Galvan of taking around $584,969 from the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office, making several personal purchases on the office’s credit card and receiving thousands in unused sick leave for which he was not entitled to as an elected official.

In addition, Galvan is accused of illegally transferring an inmate medical services contract to his private practice. Prosecutors allege that, instead of servicing the contract on his own time, Galvan sent an unqualified employee of the St. Tammany Coroner’s Office to service the inmates, all while that employee was being paid by the coroner’s office.

“As a doctor and elected official, Galvan used his position of public trust to steal hundreds of thousands from the citizens of St. Tammany Parish.  Through this indictment we intend to ensure full restitution is made to the taxpayers,” Assistant Attorney General David Caldwell said.

An arraignment date has not yet been scheduled.