NEW ORLEANS – A former NOPD sergeant and a former JPSO deputy pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud charges Thursday.
Kevin J. Guillot, an NOPD officer for 20 years, and Daniel G. Spears, an on-again, off-again JPSO deputy for 10 years, made the plea in the court of U.S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance.
According to court documents, Guillot and Spears falsified police reports and gave false statements to try to collect insurance money on Guillot's personal pickup truck.
It was alleged that Guillot, Spears and two other people were involved in the crime that apparently began when Guillot's pickup began having engine problems.
Guillot plotted with Spears to falsely report the truck as stolen in order to get over $12,000 in value from the insurance company.
According to court documents, Guillot placed a call saying that his truck had been stolen in Jefferson Parish while he was out fishing. Spears responded to the call and wrote up a false police report that stated Guillot's truck had been stolen.
Following that Guillot, Spears and others gave false statements to the insurance company about the 'crime' while Guillot's truck had actually been in his driveway the entire time.
Each man faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.