Brusly Police Chief Jamie Whaley, 36, was arrested Thursday morning around 11:30 a.m. and charged with felony theft and malfeasance in office.
The West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office arrested Whaley on behalf of the Inspector General following an investigation by the IG and the FBI.
The affadavit in support of Whaley’s arrest warrant states that the chief Whaley, who has a $1,000 monthly allowance from the town which is intended for expenses associated with his personal vehicle, used a credit card, issued through the town of Brusly, to purchase more than $1,100 in fuel for his personal use.
The affadavit states that the fleet credit card is only to be used to purchase fuel for official police vehicles and equipment.
Whaley’s monthly allowance for his personal vehicle stems from an agreement by Whaley, Brusly Mayor Joey Normand and the town council, as Whaley agreed to used his personal vehicle for his police duties.
The affadavit states that Whaley had been using the fleet credit card to fuel his personal truck, as well as his personal boat on occasion. The investigation revealed fuel receipts signed by Whaley and multiple video recordings of Whaley fueling his truck and boat.
Documents show that Whaley allegedly used the credit card for his truck and/or boat on 29 separate occasions between January 2, 2014 and January 3, 2014.
The affadavit states that, on January 16, 2014, an affiant from the FBI and an affiant from the Louisiana Office of Inspector General contacted Whaley at his residence in Brusly.
“Whaley said that he was issued a fleet services credit card because he occasionally uses a marked police unit, is called upon to fuel generators during power outages and fuels department owned utility vehicles used at football games and other events. He acknowledged that it would be illegal to use the card to fuel his personal vehicle or boat and unequivocally denied doing so.
“However, when confronted with the fact that Affiants had written (receipt) and video evidence of him fueling his truck and boat, Whaley admitted to doing so. He was shown the spreadsheet of card use and, with the exception of two purchases, admitted that the entries accurately reflected his illegal use of the card.”
West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office Colonel Richie Johnson said that Whaley reimbursed the town of the costs procured on the credit the day after his alleged admission, but the arrest had to be made.
“Like everybody else… you’ve got to be accountable,” Johnson said, adding that though he considers Whaley a friend, he had to be arrested. “It’s a sad day any time you have to arrest a colleague. He’s a friend of mine… But he knows he did wrong.”
Brusly Mayor Joey Normand said that he is disappointed in Whaley’s actions, but added that he wishes Whaley well.
“I’m very concerned for Jamie and his family… he’s like one of my kids,” Normand said. “I’m praying for him and his family and I’m wishing for the best.”
Johnson said that the investigation is ongoing. More charges may be filed at a future date.