- Associated Press - Monday, April 4, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Latest on state report about Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office (all times local):

4:20 p.m.

The Orleans Parish sheriff’s chief deputy has resigned after a state report said he spent time on duty working for a company that was paid $2 million to provide off-duty officers for private security.

Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s one-sentence statement Monday does not say why Jerry Ursin resigned - only that he has done so.

Legislative auditor Daryl Purpura’s report says Ursin and Parish Prison Chief Gary Bordelon spent time on duty working for Austin Sales and Service, owned by sheriff’s office Col. Lucien Roy Austin.

Purpura says emails indicate that Ursin apparently helped the company handle invoices and coordinate schedules for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the 2013 Super Bowl and the 2014 NBA All-Star Game.

Gusman said in an earlier statement that Austin retired last year and the sheriff’s office is cooperating fully with an investigation of his activities.


6:30 a.m.

Legislative auditor Daryl Purpera says the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office appears to have paid 56 non-eligible employees more than $1 million in state money.

An audit released Monday also says that a deputy may have broken the law both by running a private security company and by doing its work while he was on duty.

It also alleges that the sheriff’s office paid 16 deputies nearly $4,700 for work while they actually were doing off-duty security work, and failed to follow public bid law when waterproofing inmate showers

Lawyers for Sheriff Marlin Gusman say the deputies who got state supplemental pay were eligible.

They say they cannot comment on the allegations about the private security business because that’s being investigated, and are looking for the shower contract paperwork.

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