- Associated Press - Thursday, September 25, 2014

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A federal grand jury has indicted former Bossier Parish Sheriff Larry Deen and two owners of Blakey Auto Plex LLC in connection with an alleged scheme to enrich themselves through their handling of a public vehicle.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley says the indictment lists Deen and co-defendants Clinton E. Blakey, of Shreveport and Clifton D. Blakey, of Benton, and accuses all three of one count each of conspiracy to commit federal program theft and federal program theft. Clinton Blakey and Clifton Blakey are additionally accused of failure to file IRS Tax Form 8300.

Finley says Deen, Clinton Blakey and Clifton Blakey will be given a date for an initial appearance before a federal judge.

“I’ve not seen anything yet. I need the opportunity to review the indictment,” attorney Marty Stroud, Deen’s attorney, told The Times (https://bit.ly/1psLJVI) in response to news of the indictment. Stroud, who is finishing up a five-week federal capital murder trial in Alexandria, added, “We deny the charges and Mr. Deen is looking forward to his day in court.”

Attorney Craig Smith, as a representative of Clinton Blakey, released the following statement, “Clint Blakey is a reputable and respected businessman. Over the years, the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Department sold and traded many vehicles with his company. Those sales were done by the book, as was the case in this matter. My client is not guilty of these allegations and we intend to fully defend against this matter at trial.”

According to the indictment, Deen is accused of conspiring with the Blakeys to retain control and gain ownership of a white four-door 2009 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ that was owned by the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office. Deen drove the SUV for three years in his capacity as sheriff.


Information from: The Times, https://www.shreveporttimes.com

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