Former Brusly Police Chief Jamie Whaley was arrested on Wednesday, June 11, and charged with theft, malfeasance in office and two counts of forgery, stemming from an investigation by the Louisiana Inspector General and FBI.
The investigation was reported on June 5 by the West Side Journal after onlookers witnessed officials from the Inspector General’s office removing boxes from Whaley’s Brusly home.
An affidavit in support of arrest warrant states that the investigation into Whaley was initiated after receiving a complaint of theft of firearms, theft of funds and forgery.
The affidavit suggests that Whaley misappropriated seven firearms owned by the Town of Brusly, which caused the malfeasance in office charge.
“Whaley transferred (seven firearms) to a licensed firearms dealer who sold five of them and transferred two of them to associates of Whaley at his direction,” the affidavit says, adding that the value of the weapons is in excess of $1,000. “The Town of Brusly was never compensated for the firearms.”
The affidavit goes on to explain that the count of theft and two counts of forgery stem from two checks drawn on the Brusly Auxiliary Police Department account by Whaley, totaling an amount of $600.
The document alleges that Whaley received cash from the checks that were prepared payable to “Cash,” signed, and endorsed by Whaley. He allegedly forged, with intent to defraud, the checks by signing the signature of another person, who went unnamed in the affidavit.
“The account required two signatures, one being Whaley and one of another known person,” explained David Robertson, criminal investigator for the Louisiana Office of Inspector General, and author of the affidavit. “Whaley signed his name and forged the name of the other authorized person on both checks.”
The affidavit says that Whaley acknowledged writing the checks in question during an interview, and when asked if he’d signed both signatures on the checks, he replied “I could have.”
Beyond the forgery of another person’s signature, the affidavit claims “Whaley took the funds by means of fraudulent conduct, practices and representation.”
Whaley was booked into the West Baton Rouge Parish Prison and released on $10,000 bail.
Wednesday’s arrest is Whaley’s second arrest since January 23 this year when he was charged with felony theft and malfeasance in office for, essentially, using $1,120 of town funds to purchase gasoline for his personal vehicle and boat.
Whaley pleaded guilty to malfeasance in office in April and was sentenced to 18 months probation and $500.
His latest arrest does not violate his current probation as the charges stem from actions before his probation began.