BATON ROUGE (WGNO) – St. James Parish President Timothy Roussel was indicted today on six counts of malfeasance in office for allegedly defrauding St. James Parish of more than $70,000.
According to the state Attorney General’s Office, Roussel was indicted by a grand jury in St. James Parish. Roussel’s Director of Operations Blaise Gravois and Assistant Finance Director Ashley Poche were also indicted on corruption charges.
In his capacity as parish president, Roussel allegedly authorized the construction of approximately 4,500 feet of a natural gas line, a 10,000 unit gas meter, and additional supplies to a private company.
He then allegedly authorized parish employees to install said gas line and meter on private property. Roussel reportedly authorized a public employee to arrange the hiring of a private company to drive approximately 24 piles on private property and allowed St. James Parish to issue a check from the parish treasurer to the company for their pile-driving 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.